U.S. runner Galen Rupp took bronze in just his second marathon

BY Kerouac Smith • November 15, 2016

Maybe Galen Rupp should stick with marathon running.

The U.S. distance runner took bronze in Sunday's Olympic marathon event, the first medal of any sort for an American man since 2004.

Even more impressive, it's only his second time competing in a marathon -- his first was in qualifying for the event.

Rupp told NBC Sports that he was inspired by the Adam Sandler movie "Happy Gilmore," where a hockey player finds his true calling is golf.

He finished the race in 2:10:05.

The winner, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, crossed the finish line a minute and a half earlier. Feyisa Lilesa, of Ethiopia, earned the silver.

Meb Keflezighi, on the other hand, didn't have the best finish -- but he had a memorable one.


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