No, Meb Keflezighi Was Not the First American to Win the Boston Marathon Since 1983
If you have watched or read any news lately then you know that yesterday at the Boston Marathon Meb Keflezighi was the first American to win since 1983. It’s a momentous occasion and even more meaningful coming after last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.
Meb Keflezighi, an Olympic silver medalist in 2004 is almost 39 years old and lost his Nike sponsorship as recently as 2011. Most considered him past his prime and yet he ran an inspired race yesterday to become the first American to win Boston since 1983. We know this because it’s what a lot of headlines are saying.
Here’s WTKR News in Virginia:
And ABC7 News in Detroit:
And, it’s not just local news stations. Here is the Washington Post’s headline:
There’s only one problem with all these headlines. Meb Keflezighi’s win yesterday wasn’t the first time an American has won the Boston Marathon since 1983. You see, in 1985 American Lisa Larsen Weidenbach won the Boston Marathon. Does her win not really count because she is a woman?
I don’t mean to take anything from Meb’s win yesterday because what he did was astounding and inspiring and he was the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1985 and the first man to win since 1983!
That’s a pretty big deal. We can celebrate that without resorting to the erasure of the accomplishments of women runners.
Featured photo from AP.