Meb Keflezighi wins 118th Boston Marathon, first U.S. winner since 1985
We Americans love it when Americans do big things, and Meb Keflezighi did something massive. One year after the fatal bombing attack during last year’s running Keflezighi became the the first U.S. male athlete to win the Boston Marathon since 1985.
According to Reuters Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea but is now a U.S. citizen, pulled ahead of a pack of elite African runners a little more than halfway into the race and held off a late challenge by Kenya’s Wilson Chebet to finish in two hours, eight minutes and 37 seconds.
Last year, three people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed and 264 were hurt when, prosecutors say, a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers left homemade bombs at the crowded finish line, tearing through the crowd.
“This is probably the most meaningful victory for an American, just because of what happened here last year,” Keflezighi told reporters after his win. “Up till now I’d say my career was 99.9 percent fulfilled. Today I’d say it is 110 percent fulfilled.” Click here for full story.
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