The American man who won the Boston Marathon today honored last year’s bombing victims by having their names written on his race bib.
Meb Keflezighi, 38, was emotional as he crossed the finish line today and many noticed the four names written in marker on the corners of his bib.
Martin Richard, 8, Lingzi Lu, 23, and Krystle Campbell, 29, were honored, along with MIT Officer Sean Collier, 27, who was shot and killed three days later, allegedly by the bombing suspects.
After coming in first at 2:08:37, Keflezighi celebrated his win by kissing the ground and bowing. He became the first American man to win the race since 1983.
Here’s a little bit more about the man who is taking Boston by storm.
Hometown: Keflezighi was born in Eritrea, but immigrated to the San Diego, Calif., with his family when he was 12.
Greatest Running Achievements: Keflezighi can add winning Boston Marathon to his long list of achievements, which also include winning a silver medal at the summer Olympics in Athens in 2004 and winning the New York City Marathon in 2009.
His Training Plan: According to his website, Keflezighi said he runs between 10 and 15 miles a day. He likes to run with music sometimes, he said, and prefers “inspiring songs.”
Most Embarrassing Running Moment: As a high school freshman, Keflezighi said he got lost during a race. “As a freshman in high school, the guides in the race gave me the wrong directions because they thought I was last in the race, when I was actually first,” he said on his website. “But I still finished in the top 10.”
He’s One of the Oldest Champions: Keflezighi turns 39 next month and is the oldest men’s champion in Boston since 1931. James P. Henigan was 38 when he won the 35th version of the race that year and turned 39 five days later on April 25, 1931.
The year before that, 1930, Clarence H. DeMar won the race with a time of 2:34:48 at age 41. It was the last of LeMar’s seven Boston wins.