The beginning of Galen Rupp’s Olympic marathon career — opening with a bronze-medal performance — collided with the conclusion of Meb Keflezighi’s on Sunday.
The 30-year-old Rupp, competing in just his second marathon, took third behind Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia. Rupp ran a personal-best 2 hours 10 minutes 5 seconds, finishing 1 minute 21 seconds behind Kipchoge and 11 seconds back of Lilesa.
American Jared Ward was sixth in 2:11.30, a personal best, and Keflezighi, who said he had to stop seven times along the way due to discomfort, placed 33rd in 2:16.46.
It was how Keflezighi finished that will be remembered. The...