Monday 16 December 2019

Athletics - USA's Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

Meb Keflezighi of the U.S. reacts after winning the men's division of the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. Keflezighi became the first U.S. male athlete to win the Boston Marathon in three decades, an emotional performance in a city still recovering from last year's fatal bombing attack on the world-renowned race
Meb Keflezighi of the U.S. reacts after winning the men's division of the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. Keflezighi became the first U.S. male athlete to win the Boston Marathon in three decades, an emotional performance in a city still recovering from last year's fatal bombing attack on the world-renowned race

The Boston Marathon celebrated its first American winner in 19 years yesterday, and on his race bib he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims.

'The Star-Spangled Banner' played over the Boylston Street finishing area in honour of Meb Keflezighi.

One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Keflezighi added Boston to a resumé that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.

"At the end, I just kept thinking, 'Boston strong, Boston strong,'" he said. "I was thinking, 'give everything you have. If you get beat, that's it'."

Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, Keflezighi completed the 42km in a personal-best 2:08.37. He held off Kenya's Wilson Chebet, who finished 11 seconds behind.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the women's title she said she could not enjoy a year ago

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