On an emotional day in Boston, it seems only fitting that the long shot American hopeful would cross the finish line first. Meb Keflezighi, an
Eritrea-born American, won the 2014 Boston Marathon. Keflezighi is more than just a runner, he has a unique story that makes him the perfect winner for this meaningful marathon. Take a look at 15 reasons why Keflezighi is amazing. Born in Eritrea, Keflezighi and his family emigrated to San Diego in 1987. Keflezighi is pictured hugging his mother after winning the 40th mens ING New York City Marathon on November 1, 2009 in New York City. He is one of 11 children. His brothers would hide in the bushes to escape being forced into the military to fight against Ethiopia. (Photo courtesy of Facebook via Merhawi Keflezighi) FILE - In this April 15, 2013 file photo, medical workers aid injured people near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following two bomb explosions in Boston. In the course of a year, limbs have been replaced, psyches soothed, the wounds sustained in a moment at the marathon’s finish line have at least begun to heal. At the same time, a city shaken by an act of terrorism has returned to its usual rhythms - sadder, but some say stronger, as well. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) Meb Keflezighi competed with the names of the four Boston Marathon bombings victims on his bib. Keflezighi graduated from UCLA in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a specialization in business. He is UCLA’s most-accomplished distance runner. Keflezighi won four NCAA titles during his junior year, sweeping the cross country, outdoor 5,000 meters, and indoor 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Keflezighi earned a total of 12 All-America honors in his four-year Bruin career. — UCLA Keflezighi's sister Bahghi earned her M.D. from UCLA, and his brother Merhawi got his undergraduate degree and law degree from UCLA. Merhawi is a sports agent who now represents his brother Meb. — UCLA (Photo courtesy of Facebook via Merhawi Keflezighi) Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his win in the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Meb Keflezighi of the United States celebrates after winning the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Keflezighi won the silver medal in the men’s marathon at the 2004 Olympics. he became the first American man since 1976 to win an Olympic medal in the men’s marathon. He operates the Meb Foundation, which was built to inspire youth and their families to lead healthy, active and balanced lives and released his book "Run to Overcome." (Photo courtesy of Twitter via Meb Keflezighi) He was sponsored by Nike until they dropped him in 2011. He is now sponsored by Skechers. (Photo courtesy of Facebook via Skechers) He trains at an altitude of 7,000 feet in Mammoth Lakes, California where he spends time with his wife and family. (Photo courtesy of Facebook via Meb Keflezighi) Keflezighi finished in fourth place at the London games in 2012.