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American wins Boston Marathon, runners continue down Boylston

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American Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon men's title. Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, won the women's title. (AP) American Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon men's title. Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, won the women's title. (AP)
American Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon men's title. (AP) American Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon men's title. (AP)
The finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street. The finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street.
(Tim Callery) (Tim Callery)
The memorial at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Tim Callery) The memorial at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Tim Callery)
BOSTON, MA (WSHM) -

American runner Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon men's title.

Keflezighi, 37, is the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since Greg A. Meyer won in 1983, which was four years before Keflezighi immigrated to America.

Keflezighi was able to hold off Wilson Chebet, of Kenya, at the finish to win in a time of 2:08.37. Keflezighi gave something back by raising $10,000 for the Martin Richard foundation. Richard was the youngest victim in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, successfully defended the title she said she was unable to enjoy a year ago after the fatal Boston Marathon bombings. Jeptoo finished Monday's race in a course-record 2:18:57. She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion.

Ernst Van Dyk, of South Africa, who has won 10 Boston marathons, claimed another victory in the Men's Wheelchair Division race with an unofficial time of 1:20:36.

The winner of the women's wheelchair division race was Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville, MD. She crossed the finish line with an unofficial time of 1:35:05.

The marathon had its second biggest turnout ever Monday when 36,000 participants took part in the 26.2-mile challenge from Hopkinton to Boston.

Last year, three people were killed and more than 200 were wounded when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line.

As expected, security in Boston was significantly tighter this year. Police were deployed in force along the course, with helicopters circling above and bomb-sniffing dogs checking through trash cans. Officers were even posted on roofs.

This year's race had 9,000 more runners than last year's, and unprecedented crowds gathered along the marathon route, officials said.

Up-to-the-minute race results are being posted on the race's official Twitter account.

Watch CBS 3 Springfield's team coverage during the 4 p.m. newscast as Cherise Leclerc and Tim Callery will be live in Boston bringing you the latest from the marathon.

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