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NEW INFORMATION: Nearly 36,000 take part in Boston Marathon; American Keflezighi wins men's title

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BOSTON (AP) -- The winner of the Boston Marathon men's race had the names of last year's victims written in marker on the corners of his race bib.

   Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee), the first American to win the men's race since 1983, wore his official runner's bib with the names of the three people killed in last year's marathon and the name of a police officer from MIT who was allegedly killed by the bombing suspect days later.

   Keflezighi, a former New York City marathon winner and Olympic medalist, says he hoped to have his picture taken with the victims' families after his win Monday, but they weren't immediately available.

   The victims were 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and 23-year-old Lu Lingzi (loo ling-zuh). MIT Officer Sean Collier was shot three days after the marathon.

BOSTON (AP) -- Nearly 36,000 runners have taken part today in a show of resilience.

A little more than a year after the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, runners set out again today on the 26.2 mile course. And to the delight of many in the crowd, an American (Meb Keflizighi) won the men's division for the first time in more than three decades.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after bombs killed three people. Jeptoo finished the race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds.

Today's runners included many who were prevented from finishing when the bombs went off last year.

Along the route today, there were officers on the streets and on rooftops, and in helicopters circling overhead.

Among the signs lining the end of the route was one paying tribute to 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest of those killed in the bombing.

Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the bombing, was among the spectators cheering runners near the finish line. He said it "feels great" to be back.
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BOSTON (AP) --Breaking a long streak of foreign winners, American Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon men's title on a day that was marked by remembrances of the bombings one year ago.

He held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya at the finish to win in a time of 2:08.37.

Keflezighi, 38, was cheered by massive crowds from Hopkinton to Boylston Street wearing a red and white top and blue shorts.

Greg A. Meyer was the last American to win the storied race, coming in at 2:09:00 in 1983.

That was four years before Keflezighi immigrated to the U.S.

On the women's side Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings.

Jeptoo finished Monday's race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion.

Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark. Buzunesh Deba finished second with an unofficial time of 2:19:59.

American Shalane Flanagan finished fifth after leading for more than half the race. She took a gamble by setting the early pace. She ran her first mile in 5 minutes, 11 seconds, but fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.
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BOSTON (AP) -- Tatyana McFadden of the United States has won the women's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon on her 25th birthday. It was the second straight year she won the race.

McFadden listened Monday as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played on Boylston Street one year after the bombings that left three dead and more than 260 injured.

She crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds.

McFadden was born in Russia and lived in an orphanage as a child before starring at the University of Illinois.

She also won the 2013 New York City Marathon women's wheelchair race after taking the titles in Boston, London and Chicago last year. No other athlete has won those four races in the same year.
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BOSTON (AP) -- The 118th running of the Boston Marathon has begun amid heavy security a year after the bombings near the race's finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

The race began at 8:50 a.m. Monday for mobility-impaired marathoners and at 9:32 a.m. for elite women. The elite male runners start at 10 a.m.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said at the starting line in Hopkinton that officials are trying to keep a traditional family feel to the marathon while maintaining tight security.

A moment of silence was observed and "America the Beautiful" was played over a loudspeaker before the start of the race.

About 36,000 runners registered for the race -- the second-largest field in its history.


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