American runner Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon men’s race. He's the first American to win the marathon since 1983. Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo successfully defended her women’s title

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Meb Keflezighi has become the first American male to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 – one year after bombings left three dead and 264 injured.

Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo also successfully defended her women’s title, becoming the 7th 3-time winner of the race.

Keflezighi crossed the finish line with a time of 2:08:37, 11 seconds ahead of second place finisher Wilson Chebet of Kenya. 

The 38-year-old from San Diego looked over his shoulder several times over the final mile. After realizing he wouldn't be caught, he raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross

Keflezighi is a three-time Olympian who won the 2009 New York City Marathon and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. His previous best finish at the Boston Marathon was third in 2006.

The last American to win the Boston Marathon was Greg Meyer, who recorded a time of 2:09:00 in 1983.

Jeptoo won the women’s edition of the race in a course-record time of 2:18:57.

Last year, Jeptoo said it was “very difficult to be happy” with her win because of the attacks.

"If I'm going to win again, I hope I can be happier and to show people, like I was supposed to last year,” Jeptoo said prior to the start of Monday’s race.