Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his victory in the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his victory in the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
By Associated Press &
Times Bulletin Staff Report

BOSTON (AP) - Meb Keflezighi won the men’s race at the Boston Marathon, giving Boston its long-hoped-for American champion a year after the bombings.
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.
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.
Van Wert alum Craig Leon finished 12th overall in the race, cutting 10 seconds off his time from last year and crossing the tape in 2:14:28 while competing in the Elite Men’s group. He was the fifth U.S. competitor to finish in what was the best U.S. showing in three decades. Leon ran the Boston Marathon for the first time in 2013 and came in tenth.


Results:
1 Keflezighi, Meb 2:08:37 USA
2 Chebet, Wilson 2:08:48 KEN
3 Chepkwony, Frankline 2:08:50 KEN
4 Shafar, Vitaliy 2:09:37 UKR
5 Geneti, Markos 2:09:50 ETH
6 Kimurer, Joel 2:11:03 KEN
7 Arciniaga, Nicholas 2:11:47 USA
8 Eggleston, Jeffrey 2:11:57 USA
9 Lonyangata, Paul 2:12:34 KEN
10 Annani, Adil 2:12:43 MAR
11 Boit, Josphat 2:12:52 USA
12 Leon, Craig 2:14:28 USA
13 Morgan, Mike G. 2:14:40 USA
14 Sakai, Koichi 2:14:56 JPN
15 April, Lusapho 2:14:59 RSA