American Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon on Monday, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.
He finished soon after Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended her title in a course record.
Keflezighi is a former New York City Marathon champion and Olympic medalist. He ran from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds.
He held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya, who finished 11 seconds behind.
Keflezighi looked over his shoulder several times over the final mile (1,600 meters). After realizing he wouldn’t be caught, he raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross.
He’s the first U.S. winner since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women’s title in 1985; the last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983.
Jeptoo clocked 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds.
She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion.
Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile (37-kilometer) mark. Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia finished second with an unofficial time of 2:19:59.
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