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An American Won the Boston Marathon for the First Time in 29 Years


An American Won the Boston Marathon for the First Time in 29 Years . . . And Had the Names of the Bombing Victims Written on His Jersey
 
An American won the Boston Marathon yesterday for the first time in 29 YEARS.  His name is Meb Keflezighi, and he's 38.  (It's pronounced Kef-LEZ-gee.)  He was born in Africa, but moved to the U.S. in 1987 and went to UCLA.  
 
He wasn't able to run in the Boston Marathon last year.  But he was at the finish line cheering, and happened to leave five minutes before the first bomb went off.
 
So obviously he was pretty emotional about the win.  But he says it almost didn't happen, because he started feeling SICK around mile 21.  Then he thought about the victims and how much it would mean if he DID win.  And he just kept going.
 
Even better, before the race started, he wrote the names Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lu Lingzi on his jersey . . . the three people who were killed by the bombs.
 
He also wrote the name of the police officer, Sean Collier, who was shot and killed by the bombers three days later.  (USA Today / Boston Herald)  
 

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