BOSTON (Reuters) – Meb Keflezighi on Monday became the first U.S. male athlete to win the Boston Marathon in three decades as onlookers chanted “USA! USA!,” an emotional performance in a city still recovering from last year’s fatal bombing attack.
Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea but is now a U.S. citizen, pulled ahead of a pack of elite African runners a little more than halfway into the race and held off a late challenge by Kenya’s Wilson Chebet to finish in two hours, eight minutes and 37 seconds.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A little more than an hour after finishing Monday’s Boston Marathon with a personal-best performance that nonetheless left her in seventh place, American Shalane Flanagan made a bold vow.
“I could say right now, yes, I will be back here until I win it,” the 32-year-old three-time Olympian told reporters after finishing the race in two hours, 22 minutes and two seconds, more than three minutes faster than her previous best but also three minutes behind Kenyan victor Rita Jeptoo.