For first time in 31 years, an American man has won the Boston Marathon.
American Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon men’s title on a day that was marked by remembrances of the bombings one year ago. He held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya at the finish to win in a time of 2:08.37. Keflezighi, who will turn 39 next month, was cheered by massive crowds from Hopkinton to Boylston Street wearing a red and white top and blue shorts. He’s the first American man to win in Boston since Greg A. Meyer in 2:09:00 in 1983, four years before Keflezighi immigrated to the U.S.
Keflezighi and his family emigrated from Eritrea when he was 12 years old. He won a silver medal for the United States at the 2004 Olympics. After all of the ugly anti-immigrant sentiment that poured out after last year’s attack, it’s wonderful that an immigrant American won today. The announcers in the clip below are beside themselves as Keflezighi crosses the finish line.