Meb Finishes First in Our Hearts With Adorable Hand-Holding

April 20: Meb Keflezighi crossed the Boston Marathon finish line holding the hand of elite women’s runner Hilary Dionne, of Charlestown.
Americans Meb Keflezighi and Hilary Dionne held hands while crossing the finish line. –John Tlumacki / Globe Staff

Defending Boston Marathon champ Meb Keflezighi provided a heart-warming moment by crossing the finish line holding hands with a female runner.

While cruising into an eighth place finish among the men’s elite runners, Meb reached out and grabbed the hand of Hilary Dionne, an elite women’s runner from nearby Charlestown.

With last year’s win, Meb became the first American to win the Boston Marathon in over 30 years.

He may not have repeated, but hey, he’s still got a soft spot in our hearts. Happy Meb Crush Monday, Boston.

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