Meb Keflezighi falls, then does pushups, as he finishes Olympic marathon

U.S. Mebrahtom Keflezighi exercises after completing the marathon men's marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Meb Keflezighi does pushups at the Olympic marathon finish line.

Meb Keflezighi wasn’t among the first finishers of the men’s Olympic marathon, but he may have been the most memorable.

As the 41-year-old American ran toward the finish line Sunday, he slipped on the wet street. Recovering from the fall, Keflezighi pulled himself up, placed his palms just over the finish line, and started doing pushups.

USA's Mebrahtom Keflezighi does push-ups on the finish line of the Men's Marathon athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Keflezighi, who said he had to stop seven times during the race, completed the course in 2 hours and 16 minutes, making him the 33rd runner across the line. He previously won the Boston Marathon in 2014 and the New York City Marathon in 2009. In 2004, he took home a silver medal in the Olympic marathon in Athens; at the London Games in 2012, he placed fourth in the event.


This wasn’t the first time Keflezighi put on a show at the finish line—in 2015, he grabbed the hand of an elite women’s runner as he finished in eighth place at the Boston Marathon.

The top finishers at Sunday’s race included Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia, and Galen Rupp of the U.S. who took gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.

Watch Keflezighi cross the finish line below: 



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