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VIDEO: San Diego Man Wins Boston Marathon

 
Posted Monday, April 21st 2014 @ 9am

Photo courtesy of 10News.

Listen to Sully's interview with Meb Keflezighi.

San Diegan Meb Keflezighi, who will be 39 years old on May 5th, won the Boston Marathon men's race on Monday.  He held of a Kenyan runner who finished second.

The well-known San Diego runner graduated from San Diego High in 1994 after attending Memorial Junior High and Roosevelt Middle School.  He was born in Eritrea in Africa.  In 2009 Meb became the first American to win the New York Marathon in 27 years. He won a silver medal at the Olympics in 2004. 

Meb Keflezighi eld off Wilson Chebet of Kenya at the finish and won the marathon in a time of 2:08.37 and was cheered by massive crowds from Hopkinton to Boylston Street wearing a red and white top and blue shorts.

An American man winning the Boston Marathon was seen as especially significant due to the fact that this year's race was held one year after two bombs blew up near the finish line in 2013, leaving a city known as one of the historic birthplaces of America stunned. 

In a show of spirit and resolve according to race organizers, there were 36,000 runners on the course this year, 9,000 more than last year.  A runner from Kenya or Ethiopia has won the last 12 men's titles in Boston.  Keflezighi was born in Eritrea. 

 

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