BOSTON – Meb Keflezighi became the first U.S. man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 in a shocking upset victory Monday, one year after twin bombings rocked the world’s oldest annual marathon.
Keflezighi, 38, moved his sunglasses to the top of his head and raised his arms as he crossed the finish line to win by 11 seconds over Kenyan Wilson Chebet. He cried and was draped in an American flag on Boylston Street afterward.
It was around that same area last year where two bombs killed three and injured more than 260 two hours after the elite runners finished.
Keflezighi won in 2:08:37, a personal record. Greg Meyer was the last American man to win in 1983.
Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea and came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1987, won the 2004 Olympic marathon silver medal and the 2009 New York City Marathon, but he fell to 23rd at last year’s New York City Marathon and was the oldest elite runner in Monday’s field by three years.