Yesterday Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in 31-years, one year after the tragedy which left three dead and more than 260 injured when two bombs were detonated at the finish line.
Keflezighi completed the 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton to Boston's Back Bay in a time of 2:08:37, beating Kenya's Wilson Chebet by 11 seconds. Three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo from Kenya successfully defended the women's title in a course-record of 2:18:57.
Greg Meyer was the last American man to win the title back in 1983. Speaking at a press event after the race on Monday, Keflezighi said, "At the end, I just kept thinking, 'Boston Strong. Boston Strong'," a phrase that has become synonymous with the city's triumph against adversity.
Running just two weeks shy of his 39th birthday, Keflezighi paid tribute to those who died in the bombing by writing the victim's names on his bib, which he said "carried me through".