American Wins Men’s Race At Boston Marathon Wearing Names Of Last Year’s Victims

The winner of the Boston Marathon men’s race had the names of last year’s victims written in marker on the corners of his race bib.

Meb Keflezighi, the first American to win the men’s race since 1983, wore his official runner’s bib with the names of the three people killed in last year’s marathon as well as the name of a police officer from MIT who was allegedly killed by the bombing suspect several days later.

Keflezighi, a former New York City marathon winner and Olympic medalist, said he hoped to have his picture taken with the victims’ families after his win, but they were not immediately available.

The victims were 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and 23-year-old Lu Lingzi. MIT Officer Sean Collier was shot three days after the marathon.

In the women’s race, Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings.

Jeptoo finished Monday’s race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion.

Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark. Buzunesh Deba finished second with an unofficial time of 2:19:59.

American Shalane Flanagan finished fifth after leading for more than half the race. She took a gamble by setting the early pace. She ran her first mile in 5 minutes, 11 seconds, but fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.