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Kenyan Rita Jeptoo and American Meb Keflezighi win Boston Marathon one year after bombings

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BOSTON (AP) -- Rita Jeptoo of Kenya has 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 2:18:57. 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, but then fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.

In the male category, American Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon.
 
Keflezighi is a former New York City Marathon champion and Olympic medalist. He ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay on Monday in 2:08:37.

Keflezighi held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya who finished 11 seconds behind.

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.
 
No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women's title in 1985; the last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983.
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