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Marathon's Headline Win Is Empty



Monday, 2 Nov 2009 | 12:18 PM ET
By: Darren Rovell
CNBC Sports Business Reporter

It's a stunning headline: American Wins Men's NYC Marathon For First Time Since '82.

Unfortunately, it's not as good as it sounds.



Meb Keflezighi of the US celebrates his victory in the New York City Marathon November 1, 2009 in New York

Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he's not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies.

Nationality in running counts. It's why many identify Kenya as the land of the long distance champions.

As for the United States? Not so much.

It has been well-documented that since the mid-80's, Americans haven't had much success in the marathon. Many cite lack of motivation as the root of our troubles, as in our best athletes devote their lives to sports where they can make big money instead of collecting the relatively small paychecks that professional running offers. That, of course, is not the case with African runners, who see in the same winner's check a lifetime full of riches.

Given our disappointing results, embracing Keflezighi is understandable. But Keflezighi's country of origin is Eritrea, a small country in Africa. He is an American citizen thanks to taking a test and living in our country.

Nothing against Keflezighi, but he's like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.

The positive sign was that some American-born runners did extremely well in yesterday's men's race.

If any of them stand on the top step of the podium in Central Park one day, that's when I'll break out my red, white and blue.

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Yeah ... that does sound pretty ... I don't know what the word is ... I was gonna say 'racist' but, the complaint is not against his race, but against his nationality! 19 People will take the story as 'racist' but in reality, it's really not.

I wasn't gonna say it out loud ... but I pretty much thought the same thing when I first heard the headline and then read the story.

I think we all know that when it comes to sports - or more accurately - winning - the U.S. will do or say whatever it has to to satisfy its aggressively competitive spirit.

The man is a U.S. citizen ... but it's not the same thing as being U.S.-born. A win is a win, though!! And I'm happy for him and his achievement! As for the U.S. using it for bragging rights ... whatever! Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by ricardomath:

It has been well-documented that since the mid-80's, Americans haven't had much success in the marathon. Many cite lack of motivation as the root of our troubles, as in our best athletes devote their lives to sports where they can make big money instead of collecting the relatively small paychecks that professional running offers. That, of course, is not the case with African runners, who see in the same winner's check a lifetime full of riches.


Aparently, this is a reference to the fact that no US citizen has won the New York Marathon since the 1980s.

In 1980, 1981, and 1982, Alberto Salazar, a Cuban immigrant, won the New York Marathon three years in a row. No US citizen has won the event since then until this year.

Okay. But, according to the link for Alberto Salazar, he had been a 'high school standout' here in the U.S. before he won the marathon as well!

I think I had originally misunderstood your previous post, though! After re-reading it, I don't think they were trying to say they were different in any way ... just referencing the last and current times that a U.S. citizen won the contest.

I'd be interested to know if a U.S.-born runner has ever won that marathon, though!?! 19
So what's happening here and why are some people so freckin' angry?

Some "Americans" can't appereciate and laud the accomplishments of an American citizen because he is being labeled a "technicality"; not born and raised on American soil?

If that's the case, take away a shit-load of Olympic medals (gold, sliver & bronze) won by "technicality" Americans in all of the Olympic Games that the U.S. has partcipitated in.

In the four major U.S. sports (NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL) take away all tean wins, the major championships won by all professional teams because of the superior talents of those highly paid, "technicality" athletes.

Is this a reaction to the "changing of and browning of America"?

It seems that once, when an American does something like this an wins on a world or national level due to their abilities and love of country (even when the country did not love them), "Americans" applauded but then when it comes to being "fair & balanced equality justice" that same person is treated as a secondary; null & void.

Then it went from that to accepting whoever and whatever won athletically regardless of when you achieved your citizenship in this country.

Now, these "Americans" don't even want to or acknowledge the winnings and accomplishments of who they view as "technicality" Americans.

Why? American citizens know why and not the one's bitchin' and complaining.

It's funny how certain "American" people act and react when the environment that they "claim belong solely to them" and the things around it are changing and there is absoluty nothing that they can do about it except whine and complain. Frownlol

And I'll bet you that those "Americans" want that "technicality American" to apologize to "Americans" or appreciate/praise them ("if you weren't in America, you would not have won, we made it possible for you") for winning a race that a marathon distance running "American" have not won/would not, haven't and could not win (due to vastly superior non-American" competition) if you spotted "Americans" in that race a 5-mile head start at the NYC Marathon.

It's not enough "technicality American" to wear the colors of the U.S., give it your all, persevere, beat your opponents and win the NYC Marathon, oh noooooo, praise me at my feet (dor all to see) and thank "America" the good Lord for your glorious fortune.

This country's shameless stupidity of those complaining "Americans"? So ig'nant, scatter brained & fucked up!

It must be extremely puzzling not knowing what in the hell to do. Plus I can smell the fear of those "Americans" soon becoming the minority in this country. So what do they do? Rebel against everything not "American". Roll Eyes

But then again, no one's suprised. Americans knew that already. tfro
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Nothing against Keflezighi, but he's like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.---Darren Rovell

This is such utter 'bull'.

Meb Keflezighi was not hired.

And before someone says it...No I don't know what you mean?

I do know the author wants to expoit the fact that the man is not European.

And that is the point of the article.

Exploitation.

At least, Rovell did not simply say the winner was 'black'.

Like the reference could have been made that Roberto Salazar was/is Spanish-Cuban.

Which is relevant with Cuba's population being more than seventy percent (70%) descendants of unknown African nations.

But...there I go.


PEACE

Jim Chester

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