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Boston Marathon History: Past Men's Open Champions

Past Champions

YearNameCITIZENSHIPTime
1897 John J. McDermott USA/NY 2:55:10
1898 Ronald J. MacDonald CAN 2:42:00
1899 Lawrence Brignolia USA/MA 2:54:38
1900 John Caffery CAN 2:39:44
1901 John Caffery CAN 2:29:23
1902 Sammy Mellor USA/NY 2:43:12
1903 John Lorden USA/MA 2:41:29
1904 Michael Spring USA/NY 2:38:04
1905 Frederick Lorz USA/NY 2:38:25
1906 Tim Ford USA/MA 2:45:45
1907 Thomas Longboat CAN 2:24:24
1908 Thomas Morrissey USA/NY 2:25:43
1909 Henri Renaud USA/NH 2:53:36
1910 Fred Cameron CAN 2:28:52
1911 Clarence DeMar USA/MA 2:21:39
1912 Michael Ryan USA/NY 2:21:18
1913 Fritz Carlson USA/MN 2:25:14
1914 James Duffy CAN 2:25:14
1915 Edouard Fabre CAN 2:31:41
1916 Arthur Roth USA/MA 2:27:16
1917 Bill Kennedy USA/NY 2:28:37
1918 Military Relay N/A 2:29:53
1919 Carl Linder USA/MA 2:29:13
1920 Peter Trivoulides USA/NY 2:29:31
1921 Frank Zuna USA/NY 2:18:57
1922 Clarence DeMar USA/MA 2:18:10
1923 Clarence DeMar USA/MA 2:23:47
1924 Clarence DeMar USA/MA 2:29:40
1925 Charles Mellor USA/IL 2:33:00
1926 John C. Miles CAN 2:25:40
1927 Clarence DeMar USA/MA 2:40:22
1928 Clarence DeMar USA/MA 2:37:07
1929 John C. Miles CAN 2:33:08
1930 Clarence DeMar USA/MA 2:34:48
1931 James P. Henigan USA/MA 2:46:45
1932 Paul DeBruyn GER 2:33:36
1933 Leslie S. Pawson USA/RI 2:31:01
1934 Dave Komonen CAN 2:32:53
1935 John A. Kelley USA/MA 2:32:07
1936 Ellison M. Brown USA/RI 2:33:40
1937 Walter Young CAN 2:33:20
1938 Leslie S. Pawson USA/RI 2:35:34
1939 Ellison M. Brown USA/RI 2:28:51
1940 Gerard Cote CAN 2:28:28
1941 Leslie S. Pawson USA/RI 2:30:38
1942 Joe Smith USA/MA 2:26:51
1943 Gerard Cote CAN 2:28:25
1944 Gerard Cote CAN 2:31:50
1945 John A. Kelley USA/MA 2:30:40
1946 Stylianos Kyriakides GRE 2:29:27
1947 Yun Bok Suh KOR 2:25:39
1948 Gerard Cote CAN 2:31:02
1949 Karl Leandersson SWE 2:31:50
1950 Kee Yong Ham KOR 2:32:39
1951 Shigeki Tanaka JPN 2:27:45
1952 Doroteo Flores GTM 2:31:53
1953 Keizo Yamada JPN 2:18:51
1954 Veikko Karvonen FIN 2:20:39
1955 Hideo Hamamura JPN 2:18:22
1956 Antti Viskari FIN 2:14:14
1957 John J. Kelley USA/CT 2:20:05
1958 Franjo Mihalic YUG 2:25:54
1959 Eino Oksanen FIN 2:22:42
1960 Paavo Kotila FIN 2:20:54
1961 Eino Oksanen FIN 2:23:39
1962 Eino Oksanen FIN 2:23:48
1963 Aurele Vandendriessche BEL 2:18:58
1964 Aurele Vandendriessche BEL 2:19:59
1965 Morio Shigematsu JPN 2:16:33
1966 Kenji Kemihara JPN 2:17:11
1967 David McKenzie NZL 2:15:45
1968 Amby Burfoot USA/CT 2:22:17
1969 Yoshiaki Unetani JPN 2:13:49
1970 Ron Hill GBR 2:10:30
1971 Alvaro Mejia COL 2:18:45
1972 Olavi Suomalainen FIN 2:15:39
1973 Jon Anderson USA/OR 2:16:03
1974 Neil Cusack IRL 2:13:39
1975 Bill Rodgers USA/MA 2:09:55
1976 Jack Fultz USA/VA 2:20:19
1977 Jerome Drayton CAN 2:14:46
1978 Bill Rodgers USA/MA 2:10:13
1979 Bill Rodgers USA/MA 2:09:27
1980 Bill Rodgers USA/MA 2:12:11
1981 Toshihiko Seko JPN 2:09:26
1982 Alberto Salazar USA/MA 2:08:52
1983 Greg Meyer USA/MA 2:09:00
1984 Geoff Smith GBR 2:10:34
1985 Geoff Smith GBR 2:14:05
1986 Robert de Castella AUS 2:07:51
1987 Toshihiko Seko JPN 2:11:50
1988 Ibrahim Hussein KEN 2:08:43
1989 Abebe Mekonnen ETH 2:09:06
1990 Gelindo Bordin ITA 2:08:19
1991 Ibrahim Hussein KEN 2:11:06
1992 Ibrahim Hussein KEN 2:08:14
1993 Cosmas Ndeti KEN 2:09:33
1994 Cosmas Ndeti KEN 2:07:15
1995 Cosmas Ndeti KEN 2:09:22
1996 Moses Tanui KEN 2:09:15
1997 Lameck Aguta KEN 2:10:34
1998 Moses Tanui KEN 2:07:34
1999 Joseph Chebet KEN 2:09:52
2000 Elijah Lagat KEN 2:09:47
2001 Lee Bong-Ju KOR 2:09:43
2002 Rodgers Rop KEN 2:09:02
2003 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot KEN 2:10:11
2004 Timothy Cherigat KEN 2:10:37
2005 Hailu Negussie ETH 2:11:45
2006 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot KEN 2:07:14
2007 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot KEN 2:14:13
2008 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot KEN 2:07:46
2009  Deriba Merga    ETH 2:08:42
2010  Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot KEN   2:05:52
2011 Geoffrey Mutai KEN 2:03:02#*
2012 Wesley Korir KEN 2:12:40
2013 Lelisa Desisa ETH 2:10:22
2014 Meb Keflezighi USA/CA 2:08:37

 

# Current World Best
* Course Record

B.A.A. Moment 7

1977 - Bob Hall Becomes the First Person to Complete the Race in a Wheelchair

In 1977, Bob Hall pioneered the division when he became the first person to complete the race in a wheelchair in 1975, making good on his promise to finish in under three hours.