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Boston Marathon History: 1961-1965

 

64th Boston Marathon - Tuesday, April 19, 1960

Eino Oksanen roared back after a year’s absence for his second victory in 2:23:29. Battling a chilling wind and a temperature of 39 degrees, the trio of Oksanen, John J. Kelley, and England’s Fred Norris charged into Newton Lower Falls at a quick pace. Just before the hills, a stray black dog darted onto the course and sent Kelley sprawling onto the pavement. Norris stopped to assist Kelley, who regrouped quickly and caught Oksanen on the Newton hills. Oksanen’s strength proved too much for Kelley, who crossed the line 25 seconds back as runner-up for the fourth time.

1. Eino Oksanen (FIN) 2:23:29
2. John J. Kelley (CT) 2:23:54
3. Fred Norris (GBR) 2:25:46
4. Gordon McKenzie (NY) 2:28:40
5. Olavi Manninen (FIN) 2:29:46
6. George Terry (CT) 2:30:20
7. Gar Williams (IL) 2:32:22
8. Fritz Gruber (AUT) 2:32:49
9. James Green (MA) 2:32:58
10. Edward Duncan (MA) 2:33:46

 

66th Boston Marathon - Thursday, April 19, 1962

Eino Oksanen captured the last of his three Boston wins with a 2:23:48 performance on a cold and rain-soaked afternoon. Oksanen finished one minute, 10 seconds ahead of countryman Paavo Pystynen (2:24:58) after taking the lead from him near Boston College. John J. Kelley finished fourth, nearly five minutes behind Oksanen.

1. Eino Oksanen (FIN) 2:23:48
2. Paavo Pystynen (FIN) 2:24:58
3. Alexander Breckenridge (VA) 2:27:17
4. John J. Kelley (CT) 2:28:37
5. Orville Atkins (CAN) 2:31:49
6. Erki Kaunitso (MA) 2:32:26
7. George Terry (CT) 2:32:48
8. Allen Hull, Jr. (MA) 2:33:01
9. Richard Haines (DC). 2:33:09
10. Larry Damon (MA) 2:34:05

 

67th Boston Marathon - Friday, April 19, 1963

All eyes focused on the 1960 Olympic Marathon champion Abebe Bikila, of Ethiopia, who went on to win gold in 1964, and countryman Mamo Wolde, the 1968 Olympic Marathon winner. The duo forged a record-setting pace for the first 18 miles, before Bikila (fifth) and Wolde (12th) fell victim to a sudden cold east wind and the Newton hills. Belgium’s Aurele Vandendriessche saw his opening and rushed home with a course record of 2:18:58. Again, John J. Kelley finished in the runner-up spot, while defending champion Eino Oksanen finished fourth.

1. Aurele Vandendriessche (BEL) 2:18:58*
2. John J. Kelley (CT) 2:21:09
3. Brian Kilby (GBR) 2:21:43
4. Eino Oksanen (FIN) 2:22:23
5. Abebe Bikila (ETH) 2:24:43
6. Jessie Eblen (WA) 2:27:42
7. Alexander Breckenridge (VA) 2:28:28
8. Tenho Salakka (FIN) 2:29:13
9. Gar Williams (IL) 2:31:19
10. Louis Castagnola (DC) 2:32:23

 

68th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 20, 1964

As the field exceeded 300 runners for the first time, Aurele Vandendriessche successfully defended his championship with a 2:19:59 performance. The lean Belgian attacked the Newton hills in strong fashion, eventually pulling away from the Canadians and Finns who were dictating the pace. Noted Boston Marathon writer and historian Hal Higdon was fifth.

1. Aurele Vandendriessche (BEL) 2:19:59
2. Tenho Salakka (FIN) 2:20:48
3. Ronald Wallingford (CAN) 2:20:51
4. Paavo Pystynen (FIN) 2:21:33
5. Hal Higdon (IN) 2:21:55
6. David Ellis (CAN) 2:22:49
7. John J. Kelley (CT) 2:27:23
8. Osvaldo Suarez (ARG) 2:27:51
9. Paul Hoffman (CAN) 2:28:07
10. William Allen (CAN) 2:28:19

 

69th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 19, 1965

It had been 10 years since a Japanese runner last won Boston. Morio Shigematsu, who lowered the course record to 2:16:33, led a daunting Japanese contingent which claimed five of the top six spots. Defending champion Aurele Vandendriessche finished fourth to prevent the clean sweep. This was the first B.A.A. marathon in more than 40 years not to finish on Exeter Street by the Lenox Hotel. Beginning this year and continuing for the next 20, the finish line would be located two blocks away on Boylston Street, in front of the Prudential Building.

1. Morio Shigematsu (JPN) 2:16:33*
2. Hideaki Shishido (JPN) 2:17:13
3. Takayuki Nakeo (JPN) 2:17:31
4. Aurele Vandendriessche (BEL) 2:17:44
5. Yoshikazu Funasako (JPN) 2:18:18
6. Kazuo Matsubara (JPN) 2:19:17
7. Ralph Buschmann (MA) 2:20:20
8. Eino Oksanen (FIN) 2:21:13
9. Eino Velle (FIN) 2:21:52
10. Erik Ostbye (SWE) 2:22:05

 

*Course Record

 

B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.