Boston: American Meb Keflezighi on Monday won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.
Keflezighi is a former New York City Marathon champion and Olympic medallist. He ran from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. Keflezighi held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya, who finished 11 seconds behind.
Keflezighi looked over his shoulder several times over the final mile. After realising he wouldn’t be caught, he raised his sunglasses and began pumping his right fist.
No US runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women’s title in 1985, while the last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983.