Meb Keflezighi, Rita Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon!

F2FA April 21, 2014

meb keflezighi boston marathon

On Monday, 38-year-old Meb Keflezighi (pictured) brought the win home for the United States in the Boston Marathon, according to CNN.

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With an official time of 2:08:37, the Eritrean-born Keflezighi was first to cross the finish line for the men’s division, giving the United States its first win since 1983. Keflezighi placed fourth in the 2012 London Olympics.


Rita Jeptoo Boston Marathon

Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo (pictured above) nabbed the first-place win for the women’s division with a 2:18:57 time. Jeptoo also won the marathon in 2013 at 2:26:25.

Watch news coverage of the 2014 Boston Marathon here:

This year’s race reportedly saw 9,000 more participants and even larger crowds in spite of the bombing that took place on April 15th last year. The bombs, which were made from pressure cookers stuffed with metal shards, ball bearings, and nails, went off twice, killing three people in the crowd and injuring 264 people, with many losing limbs.

Days later, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, were pegged with the terrorist acts, with Tamerlan dying in the hospital and 19-year-old Dzhokar facing the death penalty. His trial is set to begin in November.

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Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: June 19, 2018


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