1st Since 1985: American Wins Boston Marathon

Meb Keflezighi breaks men's dry spell

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 21, 2014 11:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – Kenya's Rita Jeptoo successfully defended her Boston Marathon women's title this morning, becoming the seventh three-time winner and setting a new course record in the process. She crossed the finish line at the 118th marathon with a time of 2:18:57, reports the AP. Meanwhile, 38-year-old Meb Keflezighi claimed the men's title for the Americans for the first time since 1983, finishing in 2:08:37. (A female American last won the race in 1985.) Click for more on today's marathon.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya breaks the tape to win the women's division of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Rita Jeptoo, Shalane Flanagan, Yeshi Esayias, Buzunesh Deba, Mare Dibaba, and Jemima Jelagat Sumgong run at the start in the women's division of the 118th Boston Marathon April 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Last year's winners of the Boston Marathon, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, left, and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, smile at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston Friday, April 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Meb Keflezighi runs alone on the race course during the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Meb Keflezighi of San Diego, Calif., breaks the tape to win the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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