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04/21/2014 02:21 pm ET | Updated Apr 21, 2014

Obama Congratulates Boston Marathon Winner 'For Making America Proud'

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President Barack Obama offered congratulations to the top American finishers at this year's Boston Marathon, praising the athletes for "making America proud" one year after a bombing at the finish line killed three and injured hundreds.

Tweeting from the White House account, where the president signs off on messages he writes himself with "-bo," Obama praised the athletes on their performance:

Congrats to @RunMeb and @ShalaneFlanagan for making America proud! All of today's runners showed the world the meaning of #BostonStrong. -bo

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 21, 2014

Meb Keflezighi is the first American to win the race since 1983, finishing the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. Shalane Flanagan finished seventh among women, crossing the finish line after 2 hours, 22 minutes and one second.

Click here to read more on the 2014 Boston Marathon.

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