Meb Keflezighi Returns American Victory to Boston Marathon

Last Monday, the entire country turned to the city of Boston. A year after one of the worst sports tragedies in history, the Boston Marathon would start-up again behind a stream of supporters pronouncing the powerful “Boston Strong” phrase. After 26.2 miles of running, the afternoon ended in complete success. For the first time since 1983, an American came out victorious in the race. Meb Keflezighi, an accomplished runner who has also won the New York Marathon in 2009, took an early lead and held off Wilson Chebet by 11 seconds in the final stretch.

Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi

It certainly wasn’t his first go around. Keflezighi ended a 27 year American drought at the New York Marathon as well. Possible more impressive, he became the oldest runner to win Boston since 1931 just two weeks shy of his 39th birthday. The stage was definitely set higher this time. After pulling out of the 2013 Boston race because of injury, Keflezighi understood this year’s importance. He had the names of the four people killed in the 2013 bombing and manhunt on his bib. As he envisioned the final stretch, Keflezighi said, “At the end, I just kept thinking, ‘Boston Strong. Boston Strong.’”

Once he crossed the finish line, Keflezighi broke into tears, shortly draped an American flag over his shoulders, and got the chance to embrace the last American to win Boston, Greg Meyer. It was a touching moment of a city and country recovering from a catastrophic and traumatic experience. The allure and prestige of the Boston Marathon seem restored if not amplified and Meb Keflezighi shined with a great performance. For this, he definitely Fits the Mark.

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