Meb Keflezighi became the first American since 1983 to win the Boston Marathon, re-igniting his long running career at age 38. Rita Jeptoo successfully defended her Boston Marathon win of 2013, setting a record in the process! Hooray!
Meb Keflezighi’s win was a complete surprise to everyone else but Meb. The 38-year-old entered the Boston Marathon as a huge underdog given the Kenya stronghold on the race. Meb beat back the entire field by covering the 26.2 mile distance in 2:08:37. The time falls just five minutes short of the current world record.
Meb Keflezighi Becomes First American Since ’83 To Win Boston Marathon
A Kenyan has won the Boston Marathon 19 times since 1991 and the current world record holder of the race is also Kenyan!
It seemed like his best racing days were behind him as the former Olympian and many time NCAA collegiate All-american turns 39 next month.
Surprisingly, Meb didn’t compete in the race last year. However, Meb was in the stands. Fortunately, he left five minutes before the bombs went off. Today the three-time Olympian, returned to the same spot and gave the city a reason to cheer.
Boston Marathon: Rita Jeptoo Sets Course Record In Boston Marathon Win
On The women’s side, Rita Jeptoo, 33, of Kenya successfully defended her title in the women’s 26.2-miler. She defeated the field convincingly and set a course record of 2:18.57!
The highest american finisher was former North Carolina University star runner Shalane Flanagan.
She set a fast pace through the first half of the grueling race, leading the women’s pack at the halfway mark. However, she couldn’t maintain the quick pace and faded back to a respectable seventh place (2:22.02).
HollywoodLifers, did you see Meb’s race, and did you watch his victory ceremony? Let us know!
— Bryant Perkins
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