A closer look at the strategy behind Meb Keflezighi’s historic victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon – in his own words – with some footnotes along the way.
Right from the outset of the race, Meb ran in the lead, or close to it.
There was a lot of positioning and movement amid a large group of runners from miles 4 to 10. Meb remained close to the lead, but wasn't always in front.
Once the race reached mile 10, it was down to Meb and Josphat Boit. Then Boit fell off the pace in the Newton hills, and Meb built a lead of more than a minute.
As the race neared Boston, Kenyan Wilson Chebet surged into the picture. Meb was concerned, looking over his shoulders repeatedly, and the grin on his face turned at times to a grimace.
When the race turned onto Hereford Street, Chebet had closed the gap to six seconds. But Meb found another gear, and a surge as he approached Boylston Street propelled him on a victory stroll to the finish line.
By Matt Pepin
Video by Alan Miller & Alex Lancial
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