American Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon

By: AP
By: AP
Fans at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have heard "The Star-Spangled Banner" today, after Meb Keflezighi  became the first American to win the race since 1985.

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Fans at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have heard "The Star-Spangled Banner" today, after Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the race since 1985.

Keflezighi ran the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds, amid tight security a year after bombs near the finish line turned the race into a scene of carnage. Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in the attack.

Nearly 36,000 runners started this year's race, the second-largest field in its history.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon women's title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings.

Jeptoo finished Monday's race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion.


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