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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 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.