Updated at 1:35 p.m. April 17, 2017
San Diego’s Meb Keflezighi couldn’t revive his 2014 magic, when he won the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings. But Monday, he beat more than 30,000 entrants only weeks shy of turning 42.
In his 25th 26-miler, Keflezighi took 13th at Boston in 2 hours, 17 minutes — averaging 5:14 per mile.
He told the Boston Herald he might return as an amateur.
“I would love to come back here; this is a special place,” Keflezighi said. “The finish line of the Boston Marathon is historic and to be able to be here, it’s where people’s dreams come true.”
Keflezighi plans to step down from elite running this fall after the New York Marathon, which would be his 26th event at that distance.
In last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, he finished 33rd after having to stop seven times because of stomach problems. In so doing, however, he became the second-oldest U.S. Olympic runner.
Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st Boston Marathon, outlegging American Galen Rupp in 2:09:37.
“Kenyan policewoman Edna Kiplagat won the women’s race in 2:21:52, needing only one try in Boston to add it to wins in London, New York and Los Angeles,” ABC News reported. “She pulled ahead of Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in the Newton hills to win by 59 seconds.
“American Jordan Hasay, making her debut at the distance, was third and Desi Linden was fourth — the first time since 1991 that two U.S. women have finished in the top four.”
On Letsrun.com, “Meb revelaed … that he sprained his ankle on a long run in early March, two weeks before his race at the NYC Half [Marathon].”
The 2004 Olympic silver medalist was calm going into Monday’s race, however.
“It’s my last [Boston] Marathon — what do I have to worry about? I don’t have to prove anything,” said the San Diego High School graduate.
Meb stopped in the crowd to see Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard’s family. Beautiful #BostonMarathon
— Meredith Gorman (@MereGorman) April 17, 2017
Meb’s final Boston Marathon. 2:17:01. pic.twitter.com/j6vlTdbn0V
— Cross Country Probs (@CrossProb) April 17, 2017
Congratulations @runmeb Amazing race! @bostonmarathon #BostonMarathon #25 #Meb #bostonmarathon2017 #BostonStrong pic.twitter.com/76cNq6cMBq
— Denise Fisher (@Denise13F) April 17, 2017
Meb Keflezighi says his farewell to the #BostonMarathon with one last competitive run down Boylston Street. 2:17:01 was his time. pic.twitter.com/9Dy2UUU1wu
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) April 17, 2017