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BOSTON (CBS) –  Meb Keflezighi of San Diego, California won the 2014 Boston Marathon Monday with an official time of 2:08:37.

Keflezighi is the first American man to win Boston since 1983 when Greg Meyer took the title.

Meb Keflezighi wins the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Meb Keflezighi wins the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Keflezighi, 38, took sole control of the race in Wellesley and held the lead the rest of the way.

Check: Top Finishers

He withstood a challenge down the stretch from Wilson Chebet of Kenya, who finished second, 11 seconds back, in 2:08:48.

“I was going to give it everything that I had for the people (of Boston) and I have the four victims on my bib number,” Keflezighi told WBZ-TV.

Read: 2014 Men’s Winner Meb Keflezighi Honors Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

The names of the Boston Marathon bombing victims written on Meb Keflezighi's bib.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The names of the Boston Marathon bombing victims written on Meb Keflezighi’s bib. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

“When the Red Sox won (the World Series) and put the trophy right there (at the finish line), I said I want to win it as a runner for Boston.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Finish Line Was A Goal For Many Spectators

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At the post-race news conference, Keflezighi revealed this:

Watch: Meb Keflezighi talks to WBZ-TV

Two other Americans finished in the top 10.

Nicholas Arciniaga of Flagstaff, Arizona was seventh in 2:11:47.

Jeffrey Eggleston of Boulder, Colorado came in eighth at 2:11:57

American Ryan Hall finished in 20th place with a time of 2:17:50.

Watch: Meb Keflezighi’s award ceremony

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