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
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)
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(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. (Read more Boston Marathon stories.)

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