History Made at 2014 Boston Marathon

By BU News Service
Not only were there more spectators and runners at today’s Boston Marathon than ever before, but history was also made at the finish line, as men’s elite runner, Meb Keflezighi, became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since Greg Meyer did in 1983 with a personal best of 2:08:37.
Keflezighi had a huge lead of about 90 seconds with two miles ago, but he had that lead cut to six seconds in the last two miles by Wilson Chebet.

“Toward the end I was a little bit nervous,” said Keflezighi. “I came to the Citgo sign and I said, ‘I got one mile to go.’ I’m almost 39 and I just ran a personal best and just won the Boston Marathon.”
Keflezighi was born in Eritrea and moved to the United States when he was 12 years old. He trains in Mammoth Lakes, Calif and was a former cross country runner at UCLA.

There was also history made in the women’s race as Kenyan Rita Jeptoo finished at a record time of 2:18:57. This was Jeptoo’s third win, second consecutive, and as the native Kenyan crossed the finish line she stretched her arms and tilted her head to the sky.

The previous record, 2:20:43, was set by Margaret Okayo of Kenya in 2002.

Last year, Jeptoo finished with a time of 2:23:43, but her win was marred by the Boston Marathon bombings on Boylston Street, which exploded around 2:50 p.m.

From the wheelchair group, Tatyana McFadden won the race with a time of one hour, 35 minutes, and six seconds for the women.

“My time was pretty fast here in Boston, especially with all the climbs,” said McFadden after the race. “I was really happy with today. It’s just been a whirlwind and excitement and lots of training and hard work.”

Finally, from the men, Ernst F. Van Dyk of South Africa won the wheelchair discipline with a time of 1:20:36.

About one million spectators lined the course throughout the race from Hopkington to the finish line on Boylston Street.
As usual, the Boston Red Sox played on Marathon Monday, keeping up a years-long tradition. Excited fans cheered for both the baseball game and the marathon at bars near Fenway Park.

“Past years the Sox would be on almost every TV in here with the marathon being on maybe a handful,” said Paul Miller, 37, as he downed a beer at the Game On! bar. “But this year, it’s not about them. It’s about us, this city, my city,” Miller said. “This year it doesn’t matter that the Sox are getting rocked, it just matters that they’re out there.”

More people in the bar were wearing Boston Strong blue and yellow than Red Sox red. “It’s the first time I can ever remember seeing more blue than red on Marathon Monday,” said John Boyle, 58. Boyle wore a navy blue pullover with a Red Sox logo.

He has spent Marathon Monday at home with his wife every year for the past 25 years, listening to the Sox on the radio and watching the marathon on TV. This year, he looked at his wife, Denise, and said: “We have to come out here and be with other Bostonians.”

Marathon 2014 Results
Wheelchair Women’s:
1. Tatyana McFadden, USA, 1:35:06
2. Wakako Tsuchida, JPN, 1:37:24
3. Susannah Scaroni, USA. 1:38:33
Wheelchair Men’s:
1. Ernst F. Van Dyk, RSA, 1:20:36
2. Kota Hokinoue, JPN, 1:21:14
3. Masazumi Soejima, JPN, 1:21:14
Elite Women’s:
1. Rita Jeptoo, KEN, 2:18:57
2. Buzunesh Deba, ETH, 2:19:59
3. Mare Dibaba, ETH, 2:20:35
Elite Men’s:
1. Meb Keflezighi, USA, 2:08:37
2. Wilson Chebet, KEN, 2:08:48
3. Frankline Chepwony, KEN, 2:08:50

(Justine Hofherr, Megan Turchi, Claire Felter, Nick Zelano and Andre Khatchaturian contributed to this report.)


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