Meb Keflezighi

Keflezighi emigrated from a war-torn African nation at age 10.

Twenty-eight years have passed since an American man medaled in the marathon. That streak came to an end Sunday as Meb Keflezighi took silver. Italy's Stefano Baldini won gold, and Vanderlei de Lima, who was attacked near the end, took bronze -- though Brazil is seeking a duplicate gold.
  • Relays: U.S. sweeps 1,600s | Bad handoff in 400
  • Hungarian loses gold | Capel fails test | Distance doubles
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