When Meb Keflezighi won 2009 ING New York marathon, he was proclaimed to be the first American to have won the NYC marathon in 20+ years. But murmurs started going around saying that Meb wasn’t American Enough.
The truth is he immigrated to the United States when he was 12 years old from Eritrea, and even though the 34-year-old spent most of his life in USA, he isn’t being considered a true “American runner.” Some Fans and commentators consider Keflezighi just another elite East African runner.
Meb Keflezighi true birth Place
But it is not just Americans disputing about his heritage, some Ethiopians are even claiming Meb is an Ethiopian not Eriterian.
I found this hilarious thread from you tube
It was a civil discussion on Mebs win until a contributor posted this;
Actually he was born in Ethiopia. Eritrea used to be a colony of Ethiopia at the time he was born.?
Not so fast, from an Eritrean came this quick response
Go and screw urself you worthless ethiopian tree hugging moron…he? is eritrean and he blongs to the people of eritrea…..does he look like he is begging or asking for a handout???ethiopian worthless monkeys.
Read the you tube thread here