Meb Keflezighi is the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983


Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., breaks the tape to win the 118th Boston Marathon  on Monday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, finishing the race in two hours, eight minutes and 37 seconds. Keflezighi is the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since Greg A. Meyer in 1983.

In addition, Keflezighi’s time — confirmed by the Marathon shortly after he finished — is the second-fastest time ever posted by an American man running this race.

 

 

Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea and came to the U.S. when he was 12, became a legendary distance runner at UCLA. And he has a bit of a habit of winning things that Americans have not won in many, many years.

He won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, becoming the first American man since 1976 to win a medal in the men’s marathon. In 2009, he became the first American to win the New York City Marathon since 1982.

“It can’t get any better,” Keflezighi said at the time.

On Monday, he ran the Boston Marathon for the third time but his first since 2010. He was unable to run last year, but was still in town to watch and was in a hotel on Copley Square when the bombs went off.

 

Head here for the latest updates from the Boston Marathon.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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