Meb Keflezighi Becomes First American Male to Win Boston Marathon Since 1983

Fox News, April 21, 2014

Meb Keflezighi has become the first American male to win the Boston Marathon since 1983–one year after bombings left three dead and 264 injured.

Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo also successfully defended her women’s title, becoming the 7th 3-time winner of the race.

Keflezighi crossed the finish line with a time of 2:08:37, 11 seconds ahead of second place finisher Wilson Chebet of Kenya.

The 38-year-old from San Diego looked over his shoulder several times over the final mile. After realizing he wouldn’t be caught, he raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross.

Keflezighi is a three-time Olympian who won the 2009 New York City Marathon and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. His previous best finish at the Boston Marathon was third in 2006.

The last American to win the Boston Marathon was Greg Meyer, who recorded a time of 2:09:00 in 1983.

Keflezighi ran the race wearing an 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. 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.

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Jeptoo won the women’s edition of the race in a course-record time of 2:18:57. Margaret Okayo of Kenya, the previous record holder, finished with a time of 2:20:43 in 2002.

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White House spokesman Jay Carney said Keflezighi’s becoming the first American man to win the marathon in 31 years was “quite an accomplishment and a great year to do it.”

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, is awaiting trial in the attack and could get the death penalty. Prosecutors said he and his older brother–ethnic Chechens who came to the U.S. from Russia more than a decade ago–carried out the attack in retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim lands.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shootout with police days after the bombings.

Security was noticeably heightened Monday as runners kicked off the annual race. Helicopters could be seen circling overhead as well as bomb-sniffing dogs checking through trash cans. State and local police were also spotted on the rooftops of some buildings.

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On Monday, spectators were forced to go through tight security checkpoints before being allowed near Hopkinton Common for the start of the race. A moment of silence was observed before the marathon got under way.

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More than 3,500 police officers–double the usual number–were out along the 26.2-mile course, including undercover officers with special training. At least 100 strategically positioned video cameras will monitor the crowds.

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  • MekongDelta69

    Meb Keflezighi – Yep – As American as apple pie.

  • dmxinc

    What a joke.

  • Incidentally, Boston is praising itself for this Marathon not being as Checheny as last year’s.

    Well of course. Other than the near state of martial law, these Muslim jihad boogie woogie types don’t try the same thing twice. They’re probably looking for another crack in the system or another foible in the sword to exploit.

    • So CAL Snowman

      So what? The Former United States is our mortal enemy, let them attack away.

    • IstvanIN

      Just another way to control every aspect of our lives. No book bags, baby strollers, no liquids over a litre, no pieces of cloth over 5×5 etc.

      • r j p

        Did the same thing in Chicago for the NATO Summit.
        Briefcase / backpack too big, can’t take to work.
        No water bottles. Can’t take lunch. It was absurd.

    • bilderbuster

      They don’t want to destroy a mall because it wouldn’t make the news as they might be mistaken for the common everyday Black Flash Mobs.

      • gregCall

        Great comment.

        • bilderbuster

          Thank you.

  • rasher223

    Wtf kind of name is Meb anyway… lmao

    • Urbane Neanderthal

      Ethiopian

    • What kind of a name is Jeb anyway…

      We might wake up one day and you’ll hear “President” next to “Jeb.”

      • Tim_in_Indiana

        I’m not fond of the Shrubs, but isn’t Jeb a White Southern name? That certainly makes it vastly preferable to Meb Keflezighi.

        • IstvanIN

          Not if the Jeb is connected to a Bush.

        • bilderbuster

          His name isn’t JEB.
          Those are his initials for John Ellis Bush.
          His Mexican wife’s name is Columba and that’s only slightly preferable to Meb.

        • mobilebay

          You’re right, Tim. Jeb is a southern name – the most famous “Jeb” was Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart – (James Ewell Brown) Stuart.
          Not sure what Jeb, as in Bush stands for, but as someone from the deep south, I don’t count Jeb B. as a southerner – nor as presidential material – sorry,Jeb, I only speak out of love.

          • bilderbuster

            And the most famous stone wall in the south is a Jackson!

      • If Jeb Bush receives the GOP nomination, I will vote for Hillary. Nobody stabs me in the back and then gets my vote.

        • rasher223

          HAH

      • bilderbuster

        It’s his turn.
        Bush – Clinton – Bush – Obama – ?
        They may let a Clinton back in this time though.

      • Pro_Whitey

        Jeb isn’t so bad if it stands for James Ewell Brown, as in J.E.B. Stuart.

  • Urbane Neanderthal

    He must have used his white privilege to win the marathon.

  • Jesse James

    The Boston Marathon is a trivial event. My question is who will protect Americans from the Homeland Security State?

  • John Ambrose

    Several news outlets have said the winner is an “American.” What’s even more shocking (or maybe not) is that this article comes from Fox, a supposedly “conservative” network. However, their under emphasis on immigration matters coupled with their special Fox News Latino division shows they have no interest in conserving this country’s demographics.

  • crystalevans

    He was an Erterian refugee. He came to this country in 1987 and became a US citizen in high school.

    • IstvanIN

      If he is American then I am King Zog of Albania.

      • So CAL Snowman

        All hail King Zog

      • bilderbuster

        King ZOG lives in DC.

      • Do you mean Khazaria?

    • Anglo

      To me, these 3rd worlders will never be American. I’m disgusted that he’s even naturalized.

  • Romulus

    “American ???!!”

    A sea change (literally) as the composition of our nation is inundated with all manner of rabble from around the globe.
    This is one of the reasons why I sympathize deeply with the realists from The UK. In a land considerably smaller than the former USA, the pain is quite severe. As we are literally reduced to a minority here, the loss of our inheritance will be stupendous.

    As prof. K. MacDonald has written today, it will NOT be pretty.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      I will never understand the undeniable impulse within most of White America. To commit national and biological suicide, hand over our birthright to those who hate us, and simply walk off the stage of history. The America that is being created for our great grandchildren is one in which they will be a long despised minority. With our schools and very culture already teaching every other race that they should hate and despise Whites. I can only imagine how much worse it will get in the future when Whites are a minority. The future that is being created for our great grandchildren. Is unquestionably the largest, cruelest and most senselessly brutal episode of mass child abuse history will have ever known.

      • Romulus

        Victimhood does confer great power!. Nothing stirs the collective consciousness than when a people are being suppressed/oppressed.
        For future reference, it will give our immediate descendants all the just cause they will need to “correct” the problem.
        We will have to retain certain inalienable (bill of) rights!!
        Patrick Henry comes to kind!

        • MarcB1969

          The future Democratic super majority is will ignore all of the founding documents until they can “revise” them during a Constitutional Convention. Textbooks are already teaching a distorted Bill of Rights. Congress is currently trying to limit the First Amendment protections to state-sanctioned journalists.

          • Romulus

            That is the way the movements are trending. It is a must win situation this fall.

      • mobilebay

        I already have great-grandchildren – four little blond girls – I’m sorry for the world I’m leaving them.

  • Anglo

    Keflezighi and his family were refugees[2] from a part of the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia that is now in Eritrea who came to the United States via Italy in 1987.
    No — not American.

  • MBlanc46

    Meb Keflezighi? American? Not bloody likely?

  • JDInSanD

    Meb Keflezighi?

    Gesundheit!

    • bilderbuster

      Better flush twice.

    • Who Me?

      Meb Keflezighi

      Meb what??? Klingon-Fuzzy is about as close as I can get without sounding it out letter by letter each time.

      • tlk244182

        Should have changed his name to Kefler. Obama should have changed to O’Banion, or some such. That’s what immigrants used to do. These foreign, unpronounceable-in-English names are legitimate examples of cultural micro-aggressions.

        • bilderbuster

          All those Black Sean names certainly are insulting too.
          Deshawn, Keyshawn blah! blah! blah!

  • JDInSanD

    They’re also confused about the bombers as well, whom they describe as “ethnic Chechens…from Russia” when “muslims” would have sufficed.

  • De Doc

    So the common connection between the perennial champs of these contests is East African highlander descent. And race has no connection with genes? My arse!

  • Hallie Eva

    Have to put in my two cents and say what everyone else has said. This specimen is NOT American.
    He is an ugly something-or-other with dark skin, saucer lips, and nappy hair. Not anything I care to recognize.
    Why are foreigners allowed to participate in an American event?

  • refocus

    I am proud to be an American !

  • Petronius

    FoxNews has confused “American” with “United States citizen.”

    US citizenship is a legal technicality. It’s something that is gratuitously handed out by our rulers to all comers willy-nilly, like free condoms at an inner city school. It speaks nothing of loyalty, race, rootedness in the land, a shared history and heritage.

    By their definition everybody in the world is an “American,” the only difference being between those who are here now and those who are on their way.

  • Psalm 34:14

    Good Job Meb. Seeing different backgrounds unite for this event to honor the lives lost is amazing.

  • JJCULLEN

    I couldn’t understand ONE word he said at the end of the race…

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Nothing to see here, just another East African wins a marathon.