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American Man Wins The Boston Marathon, Dedicates The Victory

Story By: Larry Stine

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  Original Published: 4/22/2014

An American man won the Boston Marathon Monday. He dedicated his victory to the victims of last year's bombing. "I'm Boston Strong. I'm Meb Strong. I gave it everything I had." It paid off as Meb Keflezghi did something no American man had done since 1983. He won the Boston Marathon. "Every day since last year I've been visualizing for this moment," he said. "When the red sox won and put finish line I wanted to do for the runners." Keflezighi wrote the names of the bombing victims on his bib and broke down into tears when he crossed the finish line at 2:08:37. "It was an honor see the four victims that were here and I was thinking about them at the finish line." Fellow runners were thrilled to hear the news. "An American won, I was like, Meb yes. I'm so excited. Oh my gosh I love him," said one female runner. "I heard that, that's wonderful. Especially on day like this," said a male runner. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya defended her title in the women's race, setting a course record of 2:18:57. Heartbreak for Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan, who led at the start but fell back in the hills of Newton. She finished seventh, "I can say right now yes I will be back here until I win it," Flanagan said.

   
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