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Meb Keflezighi says he has 3 to 6 marathons left

Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his victory in the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Meb Keflezighi wants to defend his Boston Marathon title next year, run another New York City Marathon and make his fourth U.S. Olympic Team in 2016.

That would be at least four more marathons for Keflezighi, 39, who knows the end of his elite career is closing in.

“There are three to five, maybe six marathons left in these legs,” Keflezighi told “I want to make sure that they count.”

On April 21, Keflezighi became the first U.S. man since 1983 to win the Boston Marathon. It was a tearful triumph one year after twin bombings rocked the world’s oldest annually contested 26.2-mile race.

Keflezighi, who made his first U.S. Olympic Team in the 10,000m in 2000, will be 41 years old come Rio 2016. He won 2004 Olympic marathon silver, the 2009 New York City Marathon and was the oldest man to win the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2012.

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