American Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon

"It’s beyond words. This is beyond running."

Keflezighi representing the United States in the New York City Marathon in 2010.

The first American to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years, Meb Keflezighi crossed the famous finish line today with a time of 2:08:37.

Completing the course with second place finisher Wilson Chebet of Kenya just 11 seconds behind him, Keflezighi’s time is a personal best and the fastest time ever for an American Boston Marathon winner.

“It’s beyond words,” Keflezighi told Scott Wahle at the finish line. “This is beyond running. It’s for Boston, for the United States and for the world.”

His victory today also makes him the first American to win an Olympic Medal, the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon.

Following the tragic events that unfolded at last year’s race, Keflezighi  was well aware of the significance of his inspiring win.

“We are resilient, we never gave up, and I feel like those four people that passed away, we can’t get them back, and the people that were wounded…  It’s just a race, but I just ran to win, giving them my best,” he said. “My whole aim was to run strong.  Boston strong. Meb Strong. And I wanted to give them every ounce.

The women’s first place finisher, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, also made a historic mark when she crossed the finish line on Boylston Street with a time of 2:18:57, breaking the course record and winning the race for the second year in a row.

"I came to Boston to run my best and today I did,” Jeptoo said.

Keflezighi summed up his feelings and the essence of America’s oldest road race succinctly: “It’s a great day for America on Patriot’s Day. Last year was miserable, but this is a glorious day.”

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