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Meb Keflezighi to receive key to San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Meb Keflezighi, the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years, will be presented with a key to the city of San Diego this weekend at the high school where he began his running career.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer will present Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi with the key at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at San Diego High School.

During the "Meb Keflezighi Day" celebration, attendees will get a chance to walk the Balboa Stadium track with the 2004 Olympic silver medalist before he receives the key to the city, according to the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Councilman David Alvarez, a middle school and high school classmate of Keflezighi's, will also present awards.

The Eritrean-born runner, who turned 39 on May 5, won the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21 with an official time of 2:08:37.

He was among nearly 36,000 runners in a race that was scarred a year earlier by two homemade bombs that killed three people and injured 264 others.

As Keflezighi approached the finish line roughly 10 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Wilson Chebet of Kenya, he could be seen pumping his fist as the crowd cheered him on.

Keflezighi and his family immigrated to the United States as refugees from Eritrea when he was 12 years old. He won both the 1600 meter and 3200 meter races at the CIF California State Championships in 1994 while at San Diego High School.

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