After the tragedies at last year’s Boston Marathon, to have an American win this year’s race is a great ending to a horrible nightmare.

Meb Keflezighi became the first American man since 1983 crossing the finish line after 2:08:37 with raised arms. Keflezighi was born in the African nation of Eritrea but immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 12 and lives in San Diego with his wife and three daughters.

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

“When the Red Sox won it and put the trophy right there,” he said, pointing to the finish line, “I wanted to win it for the people of Boston. It’s beyond words. The laurel wreath, the trophy.”

The last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983, who was waiting for Keflezighi after he crossed the finish line with a hug. “He told me two days ago, ‘You’re the smartest guy there,'” Keflezighi said. “Then this morning before I took off, he said, ‘Go get it done. You can do it. You can do it. There can’t be a better person to pass it on.'”

There’s nothing like Boston strong!

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English

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