Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Meb Keflezighi ended the United States’ victory drought in the men’s event while Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo claimed her second straight Boston Marathon title Monday.
Keflezighi, the 2009 New York City Marathon titlist, edged Kenya’s Wilson Chebet to capture the men’s crown, finishing the race in 2:08:37 to become the first American winner in Boston since Greg Meyer in 1983.
“It was my dream to win in Boston and to make it just like the Red Sox did and do the same thing for the people,” said Keflezighi.
Jeptoo, for her part, crossed the finish line in a course record time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 2:20:43 set by Kenya’s Margaret Okayo in 2002.
It was the third Boston Marathon victory for Jeptoo, who also won the event in 2006.
The race, participated in by 36,000 runners, began Monday in Hopkinton with a moment of silence to honor the victims of last year’s bombings at the finish line.
Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia was a distant second, 1:02 behind Jeptoo and Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia was third at 2:20:35. Flanagan, who was fourth last year, finished seventh this year in a time of 2:22:02.
Keflezighi edged Chebet by 11 seconds while Frankline Chepkwony was another two seconds back.