Top finishers in the men’s division: Meb Keflezighi (L), Wilson Chebet (C) and Frankline Chepkwony (R)(Claire Felter/ BU News Service)

Top finishers in the men’s division: Meb Keflezighi (L), Wilson Chebet (C) and Frankline Chepkwony (R)(Claire Felter/ BU News Service)

By Claire Felter

BU News Serivice

At the press conference, champion of the men’s division Meb Keflezighi said, after last year’s bombings, he wanted to win this year for the city and its people. Keflezighi was the first American male to win the Marathon in more than thirty years.

“Every day since last year I’ve been visualizing for this moment,” Keflezighi said.

He said that after seeing the Red Sox win for Boston back in October, he knew he wanted to do the same at the Marathon.

“I just kept thinking Boston strong, Boston strong, Meb strong, Meb strong,” he said.

Men’s wheelchair champion Ernst van Dyk of South Africa also discussed the emotions involved in participating in the Marathon this year.

“Coming to Boston I was kind of worried about how I would deal with it, you know,”van Dyk said.

Van Dyk said he couldn’t believe the amount of support he received while on the course.

“We had people all the way, and the last five miles it was like a human tunnel of emotion that we were going through. And as tired as I was, I just couldn’t let up,” he said. “They just pushed me all the way and I was literally sprinting that last five miles. The people made me do that. They carried me.”

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