updated 04/21/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/21/2014 AT 12:45 PM ET
An American won the Boston Marathon for the first time in decades.
Meb Keflezighi, 38, led the pack of runners Monday, giving a happy ending to the city’s first marathon since last year’s tragic bombing killed three people and injured more than 260.
Keflezighi is the first U.S. man to finish first since 1983 – and the first American since 1985, when Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach won the women’s race, the Associated Press reports. A former Olympian, he clocked at 2:08:38. Before the race, he Tweeted a message of hope, sharing a photo of his three daughters “in the Boston Strong spirit.”
Though Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo won the women’s title for the second year in a row with a time of 2:18:57, Boston local Shalane Flanagan, 32, made her hometown proud, winning fifth after a strong start. Jeptoo, 33, broke a course record with her time of 2:18:57, according to the Associated Press.
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