Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the Boston marathon since 1983 in a stirring performance that saw him clock 2:08:36 on his way to victory. The 38-year-old, who took silver in the marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, also became the oldest winner since 1930.
“This is probably the most meaningful victory for an American because of what happened last year,” said the winner, according to The New York Times, referring to the terrorist attack that took place during last year’s race. “I’m almost 39. I just ran a personal best. I just won the Boston Marathon. I feel blessed.”
Kenyan Wilson Chebet came home in second place, 11 seconds behind the winner. The woman’s marathon was won by Rita Jeptoo, who also won the race last year, in a time of 2:18:57. Congratulations to Meb and Rita!!