American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

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BOSTON (AP) – The victims of last year’s bombing attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have been remembered at today’s race.

The winner in the men’s division had the names of those who died written in marker on the corners of his race bib. They included the three people killed by bombs at the finish line, and a police officer who was killed days later, allegedly by a bombing suspect.

Meb Keflezighi (kehf’-LEHZH’-gee) is the first American to win the men’s race since 1983.

Nearly 36,000 runners started this year’s race, the second-largest field in its history.

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

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