Boston: Meb Keflezighi ended a 31-year Boston Marathon win drought for American men and Rita Jeptoo defended her title Monday in a race that began with remembrances of last year's bombing tragedy. Keflezighi became the first American man to win the famed race since Greg Meyer in 1983 while Kenya's Jeptoo added to her 2006 and 2013 victory haul in a record time for the 26.2-mile classic.
A moment of silence was observed before the start by a field of 35,755 from 95 nations for the victims of two bombs hidden inside backpacks that exploded near the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 250 others.
Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea and became an American citizen in 1998, held off Kenya's Wilson Chebet to win in two hours, eight minutes and 37 seconds. Chebet was 11 seconds adrift with Kenyan Franklin Chepkwony third in 2:08:50.