Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenya's Rita Jeptoo claimed her second straight Boston Marathon title on Monday and Meb Keflezighi became the first American male to win the oldest marathon in 31 years.
Jeptoo crossed the finish line in a course record time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds, shattering the previous mark of 2:20:43 set by Kenya's Margaret Okayo in 2002.
It was the third Boston Marathon victory for Jeptoo, as she first claimed the title in 2006. Six others have also won at least three Boston titles and only fellow Kenyan Catherine Ndereba has four.
Keflezighi then held off Wilson Chebet to capture the men's crown, finishing in 2:08:36. He won the New York City Marathon in 2009 and became the first American winner in Boston since Greg Meyer in 1983.