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      First American to win the Boston Marathon since 1985


      Fans at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have heard "The Star-Spangled Banner" today, after Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the race since 1985.


      Keflezighi ran the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds, amid tight security a year after bombs near the finish line turned the race into a scene of carnage. Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in the attack.


      Nearly 36,000 runners started this year's race, the second-largest field in its history.



      Rita Jeptoo of Kenya has successfully defended the Boston Marathon

      women's

      title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after bombs killed three people.


      Jeptoo finished the race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark to win her third Boston Marathon. She's the seventh three-time champion.

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