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Report: Keflezighi Considered Retirement

Instead, he may try to make his fourth Olympic team.

Instead, he may try to make his fourth Olympic team.

It’s hard to fathom Olympic silver medalist and New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi quitting anything. After all, one of the top American marathoners of all time has enjoyed a long career filled with comebacks.

But according to the New York Road Runners, the 38-year-old Eritrean immigrant flirted with ending things. He was going to do it at the finish line of the this year’s New York City Marathon in November.

But instead, depending how he performs, New York may serve as an opportunity for Keflezighi to head to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Were this to happen, it would be Keflezighi’s fourth Olympic team. And he will be 41 if he toes the line there, which would make him the oldest U.S Olympic marathoner in history. The current record is held by James Henigan who was 40 when he ran the 26.2-mile distance in the 1932 Games.

“Everywhere I go, people are saying Rio,” Keflezighi admits.