Meb Keflezighi of the US, Holds his trophy after winning the Men's Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 21, 2014. (Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Meb Keflezighi has won the men's division of the Boston Marathon.

Keflezighi is a former New York City Marathon champion and Olympic medalist. He ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay on Monday in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

Keflezighi held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya who finished 11 seconds behind. The 38-year-old from San Diego looked over his shoulder several times over the final mile. After realizing he wouldn't be caught, he raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross. 

No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women's title in 1985; the last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983.

The win comes just one year after the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 260 people. 

Rita Jeptoo successfully defended her Boston Marathon women't title and became the seventh ever three-time winner. Jeptoo is a Kenya native. 

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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