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Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo and American Meb Keflezighi win Boston Marathon

April 21, 2014, 21:22 UTC+3

The competition was held amid extraordinary security measures

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Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi

© AP Photo/Charles Krupa

NEW YORK, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. US athlete Meb Keflezighi became the winner of the Boston Marathon, which is considered one of the most prestigious races in the world. The runner, who was born in Eritrea, became the first US citizen since 1983 to win this famous competition. He marked 2 hours, 8 minutes and 38 seconds. Second and third came Kenyan athletes Wilson Chebet (2:08:48) and Franklin Chepkwony (2:08:50).

Rita Jeptoo from Kenya took the first place among women with 2 hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds. The athlete has set the race’s record for the third time (earlier, she did it in 2006 and 2013). Second and third places achieved Ethiopians Bizunesh Deba (2:19:59) and Mare Dibaba (2:20:35).

The competition was held amid tough security measures. This was linked to the tragedy that occurred a year ago near the Marathon’s finish line. The blast that became the major terrorist attack in US history since 9/11, claimed lives of three people, and 260 were wounded.

The Marathon was held the 118th time, and, as usual, was confined to the Patriot’s Day celebrated in the USA. In the run for 42 km and 195 m, 36 thousand people took part. This was by 9 thousand more than last year, and the competition became second in terms of large-scale involvement in its history. In the 100th marathon in 1996, 38,708 athletes took part in the race.

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