UCLA alum Meb Keflezighi first American to win Boston Marathon in 31 years

Former UCLA track and field star Meb Keflezighi won the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, finishing in 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 37 seconds. He was the first American to win the event in 31 years.

“When the bomb exploded, every day since I’ve wanted to come back and win it,” Keflezighi told USA Today.

The 38-year old won with an unorthodox strategy, surging out to an early lead and holding on. He was rewarded with a career-best marathon time — a remarkable achievement in the twilight of a career that includes: winning the New York City marathon in 2009, an Olympic silver medal in 2004, and four NCAA championships with the Bruins in 1996-97 (the cross-country title, 5,000-meter indoors and outdoors, and 10,000-meter outdoors).

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