Keflezighi is already a distance-running champion; he won the New York Marathon in 2009 and took silver in the marathon event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Adding another victory to that impressive list, he finished today's race in two hours, eight minutes, and 37 seconds — 11 seconds ahead of Kenya's Wilson Chebet, who came in second.
Keflezighi came to the U.S. back in 1985 at the age of 12 as a refugee from what is now Eritrea. He is the first American citizen to win the Boston Marathon since Greg Meyer came in first place in 1983. When asked about his feelings on being the first American to win the race in over 30 years, Keflezighi told The Boston Globe, “It was not about me. It was about Boston Strong.” (The Boston Globe)