When Meb Keflezighi lines up for his final Olympic qualifying race on Saturday in Los Angeles he’ll look to add one more record to his illustrious career by becoming the oldest American male to win the USA marathon trials, again.
Meb was 36 years old when he won the top spot on team USA for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
“2012 London was technically supposed to be my last Olympics. I thought it was going to be my last Olympics but I got another spark of energy by finishing 4th there” said Keflezighi.
A lot has changed since London, mostly all of it good.
In the 2014 Boston Marathon, one year after the bombings, his iconic victory served as a source of national pride.
He moved his wife and three daughters back to San Diego from Mammoth, where he still trains occasionally, and travels often for speaking engagements.
He balances commencement speeches, sponsorship commitments, and corporate gatherings with daily training sessions in his quest for a fourth Olympics.
At 40, Keflezighi’s body still does the job, but experience and strategy will work in his favor as he joins 370 of America’s finest marathoners in Los Angeles for the trials.
The top three men and top three women will earn a spot on team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
“I’m 40 years old, I’ve got nothing to lose, I mean how good can the frosting be? I’ve got a legitimate good shot at making the team” said Keflezighi.
Steven Luke reports on Meb's unique training tool that he uses in place of running to stay healthy tonight on NBC 7 News at 6 p.m.