4 Fast Facts About Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi

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For the first time in 31 years, an American won the Boston Marathon. That’s him up there — Meb Keflezighi. With a final time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 37 seconds, Meb became the first person to finish the 2014 Boston Marathon, and the first complete Boston Marathon since 2012, as last year’s event was interrupted by explosives that detonated near the finish line. While Keflezighi didn’t race in that contest, he was in the stands as a spectator.

“When the bomb exploded, every day since I’ve wanted to come back and win it. I wanted to win it for the people of Boston. It’s beyond words. The laurel wreath, the trophy,” Keflezighi told USA Today, referencing the Boston Red Sox’s touching memorial after they won the World Series. “I’m blessed to be an American and God Bless America and Boston on this special day, Patriots Day. I could not think of a better day than for it to happen.”  But there’s more to Meb Keflezighi than winning the 2014 Boston Marathon.

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