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Boston Marathon: The last American winners

April 18, 1983: The pack at the start of the race in Hopkinton. Grey Meyer, the eventual winner, led wearing number 3. The top five finishers were all Americans: Ron Tabb was second, Benji Durden, third, Ed Mendoza, fourth and Chris Bunyan finished fifth.

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April 18, 1983: The pack at the start of the race in Hopkinton. Grey Meyer, the eventual winner, led wearing number 3. The top five finishers were all Americans: Ron Tabb was second, Benji Durden, third, Ed Mendoza, fourth and Chris Bunyan finished fifth.

Americans have Shirley Reilly to thank for upholding national pride last year. She’s the last American to win any division of the Boston Marathon, taking the 2012 crown in the women’s wheelchair category. To find an American sporting a laurel wreath in another division we need to look back 20 years to when Jim Knaub won the men’s wheelchair race in 1993. When he triumphed, it had already been nearly a decade since an American runner placed first, with Lisa Larsen Weidenbach breaking the tape in the women’s open division in 1985. Two years earlier Greg Meyer became the last American male runner to win, a victory drought now spanning 30 years. — Lane Turner and Lisa Tuite

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