Meb Keflezighi (UCLA'98) - a Bruin cross country legend - becomes the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983:
The 118th Boston Marathon will long be remembered as a cultural event, a moment where the city of Boston demonstrated strength and resilience in the wake of last year's bombing. As a pure race, though, it was no less impressive, with winners turning in exceptional, defining performances.
Meb Keflezighi defied his age, nearly 39 years old, to craft an exceptional race. He appeared to have the men's race locked up halfway through, with a lead of nearly 90 seconds at one point, but Wilson Chebet chopped that lead down to six seconds in the final two miles. Keflezighi was able to hold off Chebet, however, and finished the race in 2:08:37. Keflezighi is the first American winner of the race since 1983.
While at UCLA Keflezighi received numerous All-American awards and other accolades. He won four NCAA championships (outdoor and indoor) during the 1996-97 season, including the cross-country title, the 10,000 m outdoors and the 5000 m indoors and outdoors titles in track.
What an amazing accomplishment for Meb.