Historic winners at Boston Marathon
Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win since 1983, while Rita Jeptoo set a women’s course record.
The 118th Boston Marathon will long be remembered as a cultural event, a moment where the city of Boston demonstrated strength and resilience in the wake of last year’s bombing. As a pure race, though, it was no less impressive, with winners turning in exceptional, defining performances.
Meb Keflezighi defied his age, nearly 39 years old, to craft an exceptional race. He appeared to have the men’s race locked up halfway through, with a lead of nearly 90 seconds at one point, but Wilson Chebet chopped that lead down to six seconds in the final two miles. Keflezighi was able to hold off Chebet, however, and finished the race in 2:08:37. Keflezighi is the first American winner of the race since 1983.
In the women’s division, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya defended her 2013 victory with a flawless race. Jeptoo slammed the door on the field with a 4:49 mile in the 24th mile, a kick that put nearly 30 seconds between her and the field. Her 2:18:57 beat the course record by almost two full minutes. Her performance was the eighth fastest women’s marathon ever recorded on any course.