Meb Keflezighi becomes first American man to win Boston Marathon since 1983
American Meb Keflezighi has become the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since Greg Meyer in 1983.
Keflezighi won the race with a personal best time of 2:08:36, one year after the race was marred by a terrorist attack which killed three people.
The 38-year old Olympic silver medalist is also the oldest man to win the event since 1930, when 40-year old Clarence deMar took first place.
Keflezighi finished 11 seconds ahead of second place finisher, Wilson Chebet of Kenya.
The women's race was won for a second consecutive year by Rita Jeptoo with a course record time of 2:18:57.
.@runmeb is the first American man to win the #BostonMarathon since 1983! Crosses in 2:08:36 (unofficial). What an incredible race.
— USATF (@usatf) April 21, 2014
1931 winner Jimmy Henigan had just turned 38. @runmeb about to turn 39. Clarence deMar won in 1930 at age 40
— Philip Hersh (@olyphil) April 21, 2014
2:18:57 for Jeptoo, not :47… Still nearly 2 minutes under course record — Philip Hersh (@olyphil) April 21, 2014