Meb Keflezighi helped make Boston Marathon history on Monday when he became the first American to win the race for 31 years.

It was an emotional day for all who took part as it was the first running of the event since last year's race ended in tragedy when two bombs were detonated near the finish line.

Perhaps there was no more fitting way than an American winning the race, and Keflezhigi ensured that by running a new personal best time of 2:08.37, smashing his previous best by 31 seconds.

The 2004 Olympic silver medallist was an outsider to win before the race started but he took to the front early on, with only fellow countryman Josphat Boit for company.

While Boit trailed off in the latter stages to finish in 11th place, Keflezhigi stayed strong to claim the title, and become the first American to have won both the Boston and New York marathons, as well as an Olympic medal.

There was a less surprising result in the women's race as Kenya's Rita Jeptoo set a new course record on the way to race victory, her second successive win on the streets of Boston.

The 33-year-old broke from the rest of the field at the 20-mile-mark and from then set some blistering mile splits, including four minutes 47 seconds for the 24th.

These electric speeds helped her break Margaret Okoyo's 2002 course record of 2:20.43, crossing the line in a time of 2:18.57 seconds.

Jeptoo is now joint second on the all-time list for Boston Marathon wins, behind only the great Catherine Ndereba who won her fourth title in 2005.

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