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Eritrean-American Meb Keflezighi Wins the Boston Marathon

Meb Keflezighi crossing the finish line

Eritrean-American Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon 


In the men's field of the 118th Boston Marathon, Eritrean-American Meb Keflezighi ended a 31-year drought for U.S. runners, after holding off Wilson Chebet of Kenya in a race that came down to the final mile.

According to race officials, Keflezighi, 38, ran a 4:56 split at mile 23, when he built a 20-second lead. That lead dwindled as the runners neared the finish line, but Keflezighi held off all challengers to win the race with an unofficial finishing time of 2:08:37.

The crowd roared as the Eritrean-born runner who lives in San Diego crossed the finish line, celebrating a much-needed U.S. victory in the historic race.

Before today, no American had finished first in the men's field since Gregory Meyer won in 1983. The last American woman to win was Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985.

Boylston Street's 26-mile marker will be a welcome sight to the thousands of runners who are in today's Boston Marathon. Today marks the 118th running of the race.

It was an emotional scene as the crowd and the runner realized that, yes, this was actually happening: a U.S. man was winning the Boston Marathon. Keflezighi broke the tape near the site of a makeshift memorial to those who died in the violence that defined last year's race.

Holding his trophy as the U.S. national anthem played, Keflezighi's face was contorted with emotion, tears streaming down his face.

"We are resilient; we never gave up," he said after the race. "My whole run is to run strong — Boston strong, Meb strong."

Keflezighi also said that he was aware he was being chased neared the finish line.

"If somebody beat me," Keflezighi recalls thinking, "I'm going to inspire others to do it."

Instead, the man whose family immigrated to the U.S. after fleeing violence in Eritrea in the 1980s has inspired others, by winning the race outright.

The women's field was won by Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, who set a course record with a time of 2:18:57 as she successfully defended her title as the Boston champion.

American Shalane Flanagan, a Massachusetts native, finished sixth in the race, posting a personal best with her time of 2:22:01. Michigan's Desiree Linden rounded out the women's top 10 with a time of 2:23:54.

For the second year in a row, Tatyana McFadden of Illinois has won the women's wheelchair race.

The Boston Athletic Association has released lists of official times for the top finishers. In addition to Keflezighi, two Americans — Nick Arciniaga of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Jeffrey Eggleston of Boulder, Colo. — finished in under 2 hours 12 minutes to get into the top 10, at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

Ryan Hall, a Californian who trains in Arizona (and Ethiopia) and who has three top-five finishes in the Boston Marathon, came in with a time of 2:17:50 after falling off the leaders' pace. He finished in 20th place.

Some of the organizers' official list of results don't extend to 10 athletes; we'll add more names as they're published.

Official Men's Results:

1. Meb Keflezighi (San Diego, Calif.) 2:08:37
2. Wilson Chebet (KEN) 2:08:48
3. Frankline Chepwony (KEN) 2:08:50
4. Vitaliy Shafar (UKR) 2:09:37
5. Markos Geneti (ETH) 2:09:50
6. Joel Kimurer (KEN) 2:11:03
7. Nick Arciniaga (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 2:11:47
8. Jeffrey Eggleston (Boulder, Colo.) 2:11:57
9. Paul Lonyangata (KEN) 2:12:34
10. Adil Annani (MAR) 2:12:43

Official Women's Results:

1. Rita Jeptoo (KEN) 2:18:57
2. Buzunesh Deba (ETH) 2:19:59
3. Mare Dibaba (ETH) 2:20:35
4. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong 2:20:41
5. Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 2:21:28
6. Aleksandra Duliba (BLR) 2:21:29
7. Shalane Flanagan (USA) 2:22:02
8. Sharon Cheropp (KEN) 2:23:00
9. Philes Ongori (KEN) 2:23:22
10. Desiree Davila Linden (USA) 2:23:54

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  1. Where is the news about the releasing of the eritrean prisnors? I can recognize that Madote is not a credible reputable website.

  2. Good job, Meb! We are proud of you!

  3. madote, i have been following your web site, and i was realy upset , after reading your news yesterday about Dawit Isac. I have readen the article by expressen witch you mention that according to the swedish web he was realesed, infact expressen never said thar Dawit was realesed they wrote that he could be released following the release of other prisoner from Keren.
    Now i can see that you have deleated your "news",so what happened?
    Madote pls try to be a balanced web, try to post positive news about the country, and articles that can criticise things going wrong inside the country and the diaspora.

  4. Dawit is on the list of might or might not be release for back up here this article that was publish today (04.22.14 from the Swedish Media GD Goteborg Daily)

  5. I think Expressen changed its initial story a few times, hence the confusion. We should of known better than to quote a site that has a history of fabricating news. In hindsight, it was a poor judgement on our behalf, and it won't happen again.

  6. Meb was on the cover of the New York Times today. Page 1.
    Congratulations Meb!
    Patience, Persistence and Resilience pays. You embody the best Eritrean qualities.

  7. sir,
    Leave Madote alone and go to one of your Tigray websites.

  8. Sirahka quenka ika tehatet?

  9. Greatful as so many Eritreans are doing their best to make honor Our country, against all shames we used to listen..Thanks Meb. that you make it..and proud be Eritrean.

  10. Madote wrote about eritrean Prsinors.So Madote belives that they are prisnors in Er without no charge.
    seb Sile zikonku yehatet! BKemzi nai Afka Azerarba uko Iyu wigi nai Badme tejemiru. TifeleT dika DONKORO?

  11. He represents us well doncha think?

    He is having all this success toward the end of his career because he has been patiently working hard against naysayers and doubters for many years.

    Patience and persistence and hard work pays.

  12. Jijie Girim

  13. Meb Keflezighi: I Wanted To Win It For Boston

  14. Abey alleka zeybeluka, nementay abzi tebel..suk tu um..

  15. Normally it happen that a Web Admin have to account only if it is organized as a corporation, so it is accountable to his superiors, share holders or to the owner, as I know Madote Eritrea is a self funded and free enterprise, for this reason are not obliged to be accountable to nobody except him self. Instead deserves thanks for the free service that makes.

  16. Thanks about the lesson you gave about how the Badme war start-up, or who starts it..ayfelton niere..kemzi kemaka ente zeyhulluwus beta ami sheger nieru..abza tselmatna mes neberna malet iko iyu sor arkey..

  17. ኣሜርካ ድሕሪ 31 ዓመታት ብመብ ክፍለዝጊ ወርቂ መዳሊያ ተሸሊማ
    ትማሊ ሰኒ ኣብ ከተማ ቦስቶን ዝተኻየደ ውድድር ማራቶን መሪርን ጥዑምን ነይሩ።ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ዓመት ኣብ እዋን እቲ ውድድር ብዝተተኮሱ ክልተ ቦምብታት ንዝሞቱ ኣርባዕተ ሰባትን ንዝቖሰሉ ዓሰርተታትን ብምዝካር ተኻይዱ።ኣሜሪካ ብመብ ክፍለዝጊ ኣቢላ ኣብ ውሽጢ 31 ዓመት ንፈለማ ግዜ ተዓዋቲት ቦስተን ማራቶን ኮይና።

    ቦስቶናዊያን ኣብቲ ዝሓለፈ ዓመት ካብ ዝበፅሖም ማህሰይቲ ንምሕዋይ፣ኣብ ናይ 2014 ኣ/ፈ ውድድር ማራቶን ድማ በርቲዖም ንኽወፁ ክሰርሑ ፀኒሖም።ታሪኻዊ ውድድር ክኣ ኣካይዶም።ዓሚ 27 ሽሕ ሰባት ሎሚ ክኣ 36 ሽሕ ሰባት ተሳቲፎም።

    ኤርትራዊ-ኣሜሪካዊ መብ ክፍለዝጊ ኣብ ውሽጢ 31 ዓመታት ናይ ቦስቶን ማራቶን ውድድር ክዕወት ፈላማይ ኣሜሪካዊ ኮይኑ’ሎ።ኬንያዊት ሪታ ጄብቱ እውን ኣብ ናይ ደቂ ኣንስትዮ ማራቶን ተዓዊታ።
    መብ ክፍለዝጊ ድሕሪ ዓወቱ ቃላት ካብ ዝገልፅዎ ንላዕሊ ታሕጓስ ከም እተሰምዖን ናይ ዓሚ ውድድር ብምኽንያት ፍንጀራ ቦምብታት ምስ ተሰናኸለ ቦስተን ሓይላ ከምእትምለስ ዝነበሮ እምነት ይገልፅ።
    እዚ ዓወት እዚ ካብ ጉያ ዝዘለለ ትርጉም ከምዘለዎ ምስገለፀ መብ ኣስዒቡ ‘’እዚ ንቦስተን፣ንዩናይትድ ስቴትስን ንዓለምን እዩ።ብቕልጡፍ ሓወይቲ ኢና።ተስፋ ኣይንቖርፅን’’ክንል ይገልፅ።ክሳብ ናይ መዳእታ መስመር ዝክኣሎ ገይሩ ንምስዓር ከምዝጎየየ ሓቢሩ’ሎ።

    ኬንያዊ ዊልሰን ቸበት ክሳብ መወዳእታ ካብ ድሕሪኡ ከይተፈለየ ጎዩን ኣብ ሓደ እዋን ዳርጋ ተፀጊዑዎን ነይሩ።መብ ዝኣተውሉ ክልተ ስዓት፣ሸሞንተ ደቒቓን 37 ሰኬንድን እንትኸውን ዊልሰን ቸበት ድማ ክልተ ሰዓት፣ሸሞንተ ደቓይቕን 48 ሰኬንድን ብ11 ሰኬንድታት ተፈላልዮም ኣትዮም።መብ ክፍለዝጊ ሓዲሩዎ ዝነበረ ስግኣትን ፅንዓቱን እውን ኣይሓብአን።

    መብ ክፍለዝጊ ድሕሪ ክልተ ሰሙን መበል 39 ዓመት ልደቱ ከኸብር እዩ።እዚ ዕደመ እዚ ጎይኻ ብቐሊሉ እትስዕረሉ ዕደመ ኣይኮነን።መብ ግን ‘’እግዝኣብሄር እዚ ክእለት ሂቡኒ’ሎ።በብዕለቱ ዝበለፀ ክሰርሕ እየ ዝፍትን።ከምኡ ገይረ እውን ተዓዊተ’’ይብል።

    ማራቶን ናይ ፅንዓት መፈተኒ እዩ።ኣሜሪካ ካብ 1983 ኣ/ፈ ጀሚሩ ኣብ ናይ ቦስተን ማራቶን ወርቂ ስዒራ ኣይተፈልጥን።ተዓዘብቲ ድምፆም ዓው ኣቢሎም ንመብ ክፈልዝጊ ታሕጓሶም ይገልፅሉ።

  18. Indeed Boston strong! Way to go Meb. You truly are a testimony of the American dream. If you work hard, you certainty are to be awarded.
    Congratulations brothers!

    Your victory is the fruit of your tireless effort and resilience. When you won the New York marathon some media spew their bigotry, " Meb is not American, win is empty, and another African winner." However you didn't gave up. You showed them the attitude I can-do-it. With due respect, are you forbidden to wave the Eritrean flag with American flag.

  20. Intai dea izi Kulu TuwiWui kem Libi Tigrai Azerarba

    Neta Nai Mejemerta Hitoi keteTifi Delika DiKa?
    communication is just more than information!!!!


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