BOSTON, Massachusetts (KSWB)–
Meb Keflezighi of San Diego crossed the Boston Marathon finish line Monday becoming the first American man to win the race since 1983, race officials said.
The 38-year-old elite runner posted an official time of 2:08:37, according to the event’s official Twitter account. Keflezighi defeated Wilson Chebet of Kenya, who crossed at 2:08:48.
One year after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, as competitors stood shoulder to shoulder at the start, the race announcer shouted to them, “Take back that finish line!”
At least 36,000 runners are trying to do just that.
The women’s elite group began first around 9:30 a.m. ET, and the elite men’s group at 10. Waves of other runners started after them.
For Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, 33, it was a second straight victory. She again won the women’s division with an unofficial — and course record — time of 2:18:57, according to the event’s official Twitter account.