Meb Keflezighi is first American to win Boston Marathon in 31 years

In a fitting story line, American Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon, the first American winner since 1983, and one year after the bombings.

Published Mon, Apr 21 2014 2:49 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

American Meb Keflezighi, an extremely popular athlete among distance runners, won the 2014 Boston Marathon, ending a winless drought for the United States dating back to 1983. The Eritrean-American won first overall with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds, finishing 11 seconds clear of Kenya's Wilson Chebet.

Meb Keflezighi is first American to win Boston Marathon in 31 years |

"It was not about me... it was about Boston Strong," Keflezighi said after crossing the finish line, paying his respects to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing last year. "We are resilient; we never gave up. My whole run is to run strong - Boston strong."

Keflezighi, a former winner of the New York City Marathon and an Olympic silver medalist, had control of the race - capturing the moral support of US running enthusiasts - as the 38-year-old looked incredibly strong from start to finish.

Kenyan Rita Jeptoo defended her women's Boston title, setting a course record with a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds, securing her third victory overall.


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