published Monday, April 21st, 2014

American Meb Keflizighi wins Boston Marathon

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    Meb Keflezighi, right, and Josphat Boit, left, compete along the course of the 118th Boston Marathon today. Keflezighi won.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

BOSTON — American Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.

Keflezighi is a former New York City Marathon champion and Olympic medalist. Today he ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

Keflezighi held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya who finished 11 seconds behind. The 38-year-old from San Diego looked over his shoulder several times over the final mile. After realizing he wouldn't be caught, he raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross.

No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women's title in 1985; the last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983.

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