For the first time in over 30 years, an American has won the Boston Marathon. Meb Keflezighi took home first place in the 118th running of the race.
The 38-year-old crossed the finish line with a time of 2:08.37. He finished just ahead of Kenya’s Wilson Chebet, who came in second at 11 seconds behind the winner. Frankline Chepkwony of Kenya took third place at 2:08:50.
"We are resilient; we never gave up," Keflezighi said after the race, via NPR. "My whole run is to run strong — Boston strong, Meb strong."
Keflezighi replaces Greg Meyer as the last American to win the race. Meyer did so in 1983, and Keflezighi was able to win the 2014 Boston Marathon is 23 fewer seconds.
The winner of Monday’s race wasn’t born in the United States, coming to America as a 12-year-old. He became a citizen in 1998, after growing up in San Diego and attending UCLA. Even though he was born in Africa, Keflezighi proudly claims the U.S. as his home nation.
"I've done all my running here: junior high, high school, college, Olympics," Keflezighi said, according to Sports Illustrated. "How much more American can you get?"
Keflezighi is a three-time Olympian, and claimed a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Games. Five years ago, he took home first place at the New York City Marathon. His last major marathon victory came in 2012 at the Olympic trials.
On the women’s side, Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo won for the second straight year and the third time overall. She set a women’s record, finishing with a time of 2:15:57. Shalane Flanagan had the best time of any American woman, coming in seventh at 2:22:02.
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