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San Diego’s Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon; First American Man To Win In 31 Years

April 21, 2014

San Diego resident Meb Keflezighi has become the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since Greg Meyer in 1983.

Keflezighi, who will turn 39 on May 5, held off Wilson Chebet, from Kenya, by 11 seconds, winning the 26.2 mile event in a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds.

Keflezighi’s resume also includes a victory at the 2009 New York City Marathon, a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Olympics.

The last American to win either half of the Boston Marathon was Lisa-Larsen Weidenbach in 1985.

This year’s women’s winner was defending champion Rita Jeptoo, from Kenya, who set a course record in finishing at 2:18.55.

Some 36,000 runners began Monday’s event.

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