BOSTON (AP) — American Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.
Tucsonan Abdi Abdirahman, a former University of Arizona and Pima Community College runner, finished 16th overall in 2:16.06. It was the first Boston Marathon for Abdirahman, a four-time Olympian. Craig Curley, who also ran for Pima, finished 88th overall in 2:29.26.
Former UA football star Tedy Bruschi ran the race again after a few years off and finished in 4:47:44.
Other Tucson-area men's finishers: Sylvain Lebreton (2:59:28), Keith Schlottman (3:00:11), Chris Fall (3:18:42), Ruben W. Robles Jr. (3:22:21), Jeff L. Mitchell (3:32:00), Miky M. Gedebou (3:05:13), Jamie B. Despain (3:04:01), Chase E. Duarte (3:11:51), David Ingram (3:26:47), Russell J. Hamilton (3:35:39), Ted Rasoumoff (3:41:31), Richard Chase (3:47:48).
Other Tucson-area women's finishers: Jesse Hass (3:13:46), Merry C. Dearmon (3:17:08), Elizabeth Quinley (3:20:43).
(Check out the full list of Tucson-area finishers in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star)
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 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds.
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.