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Boston Marathon History: 1986-1990

 

8990th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 21, 1986

With the backing of Boston-based John Hancock Financial Services, the Boston Marathon awarded prize money for the first time. Consequently, the race attracted many of the top marathoners in the world. Australia’s Robert de Castella posted the third-fastest marathon ever run, setting a record of 2:07:51. He earned $30,000 for the win, $25,000 for a course record, and a new car. Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen, the women’s world-record holder (2:21:06), won her first Boston Marathon in 2:24:55. Kristiansen also won a new car and $35,000 in prize and bonus money.

Men's Top Results

1. Robert de Castella (29, AUS) 2:07:51*
2. Art Boileau (28, CAN) 2:11:15
3. Orlando Pizzolato (26, ITA) 2:11:43
4. Bill Rodgers (38, MA) 2:13:36
5. Arturo Barrios (25, MEX) 2:14:09
6. Robert Hodge (30, MA) 2:14:50
7. Domingo Tibaduiza (30, COL) 2:15:22
8. Paul Cummings (32, UT) 2:16:05
9. Dan Schlessinger (31, MA) 2:16:29
10. Kunimitsu Ito (31, JPN) 2:17:02

Women's Top Results

1. Ingrid Kristiansen (30, NOR) 2:24:55
2. Carla Beurskens (34, NED) 2:27:35
3. Lizanne Bussieres (28, CAN) 2:32:16
4. Evy Palm (44, SWE) 2:32:47^
5. Sinikka Keskitalo (35, FIN) 2:33:18
6. Julie Isphording (24, OH) 2:33:40
7. Christa Vahlensieck (36, GER) 2:34:50
8. Lorraine Moller (30, NZL) 2:35:06
9. Eileen G. Claugus (31, CA) 2:38:23
10. Ellen Rochefort (31, CAN) 2:40:00

 

91st Boston Marathon - Monday, April 20, 1987

Toshihiko Seko ran the second half of the race faster than the first half — a tactical approach that resulted in a negative-split winning time of 2:11:50 on a humid and windy day. Seko ran conservatively in a large pack that numbered as many as 19. Just after reaching 21 miles, Seko bolted downhill on Commonwealth Avenue en route to his second Boston win. Finishing second and third were Steve Jones (2:12:37) of Wales, and Geoff Smith (2:12:42) of England. The women’s winner was Portugal’s Rosa Mota, whose time of 2:25:21 was the third-fastest in her division at the Boston Marathon.

Men's Top Results

1. Toshihiko Seko (30, JPN) 2:11:50
2. Steve Jones (31, WAL) 2:12:37
3. Geoff Smith (33, GBR) 2:12:42
4. Dave Gordon (27, OR) 2:13:30
5. Tomoyuki Taniguchi (29, JPN) 2:13:40
6. Robert de Castella (30, AUS) 2:14:24
7. Dirk Vanderherten (29, BEL). 2:15:02
8. Eddy Hellebuyck (26, BEL) 2:15:16
9. Hideki Kita (34, JPN) 2:15:23
10. Ken A. Martin (28, AZ) 2:15:41

Women's Top Results

1. Rosa Mota (28, POR) 2:25:21
2. Agnes Pardaens (30, BEL) 2:29:50
3. Ria Van Landeghem (29, BEL) 2:29:56
4. Odette LaPierre (32, CAN) 2:31:33
5. Sinikka Keskitalo (32, FIN) 2:33:58
6. Evy Palm (45, SWE) 2:36:24
7. Ellen Rochefort (32, CAN) 2:36:42
8. Leatrice A. Hayer (31, MA) 2:37:58
9. Jacqueline Gareau (34, CAN) 2:40:40
10. Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach (25, MI) 2:43:06

 

92nd Boston Marathon - Monday, April 18, 1988

Twenty-eight years after the Olympic Marathon victory of the late Ethiopian Abebe Bikila, the African running revolution finally left its imprint on the historic Boston Marathon. With Boston designated as the Olympic Marathon trial by nine African countries, nearly 40 runners from the continent contributed to one of the best fields in race history. Kenya’s Ibrahim Hussein broke away from Tanzania’s Juma Ikangaa with less than 100 meters remaining for a one-second margin of victory (2:08:43). Rosa Mota of Portugal became the first woman of the official era to successfully defend her title (2:24:30).

Men's Top Results

1. Ibrahim Hussein (29, KEN) 2:08:43
2. Juma Ikangaa (28, TAN) 2:08:44
3. John Treacy (30, IRL) 2:09:15
4. Gelindo Bordin (29, ITA) 2:09:27
5. Gianni Poli (26, ITA) 2:09:33
6. John Campbell (39, NZL) 2:11:08
7. Orlando Pizzolato (28, ITA) 2:12:32
8. John Makanya (24, TAN) 2:14:04
9. Steve Jones (32, WAL) 2:14:07
10. Tomoyuki Taniguchi (26, JPN) 2:14:18

Women's Top Results

1. Rosa Mota (29, POR) 2:24:30
2. Tuija Jousimaa (29, FIN) 2:29:26
3. Odette LaPierre (33, CAN) 2:30:35
4. Priscilla Welch (43, GBR) 2:30:48^
5. Lizanne Bussieres (30, CAN) 2:30:56
6. Ellen Rochefort (33, CAN) 2:31:36
7. Sinikka Keskitalo (37, FIN) 2:34:12
8. Sirkku Kumpulainen (21, FIN) 2:35:24
9. Susan Stone (27, CAN) 2:38:48
10. Gillian Beschloss (29, NY) 2:40:08

 

93rd Boston Marathon - Monday, April 17, 1989

Led by first-time winner Abebe Mekonnen of Ethiopia (2:09:06) and Juma Ikangaa of Tanzania, African runners claimed three of the top four places at the 93rd Boston Marathon. Ireland’s John Treacy, who placed third in 2:10:24, halted an African sweep of the top four. Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen won the women’s division (2:24:33). John Campbell of New Zealand set a Boston masters record with his fifth-place overall finish (2:14:19), while Priscilla Welch defended her masters title in a time of 2:35:00 to finish seventh overall.

Men's Top Results

1. Abebe Mekonnen (25, ETH) 2:09:06
2. Juma Ikangaa (29, TAN) 2:09:56
3. John Treacy (31, IRL) 2:10:24
4. Ibrahim Hussein (30, KEN) 2:12:41
5. John Campbell (40, NZL) 2:14:19^
6. Simon Robert Naali (23, TAN) 2:14:59
7. Gerardo Alcala (27, MEX) 2:15:51
8. Kunimitsu Itoh (34, JPN) 2:16:19
9. Chala Wuresa (30, ETH) 2:17:31
10. Herb Wills (28, FL) 2:17:40

Women's Top Results

1. Ingrid Kristiansen (33, NOR) 2:24:33
2. Marguerite Buist (26, NZL) 2:29:04
3. Kim Jones (30, WA) 2:29:34
4. Eriko Asai (29, JPN) 2:33:04
5. Lisa Weidenbach (27, WA) 2:33:18
6. Lisa Welch-Brady (26, MA) 2:34:16
7. Priscilla Welch (44, GBR) 2:35:00
8. Odette LaPierre (34, CAN) 2:35:51
9. Joan Benoit Samuelson (31, ME) 2:37:52
10. Laurie Binder (41, CA). 2:40:25

 

94th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 16, 1990

With the largest group of runners ever entered (9,412), the 94th running of the Boston Marathon boasted one of the most competitive fields in the history of the race. Gelindo Bordin of Italy became the first Olympic gold medalist to win the men’s race (2:08:19); Olympic champion Rosa Mota of Portugal became the first official three-time women’s champion (2:25:24); John Campbell of New Zealand returned for a second consecutive win in the masters division, setting a course and world mark (2:11:04). In her Boston debut, Uta Pippig was runner-up.

Men's Top Results

1. Gelindo Bordin (31, ITA) 2:08:19
2. Juma Ikangaa (30, TAN) 2:09:52
3. Rolando Vera (24, ECU) 2:10:46
4. John Campbell (41, NZL) 2:11:04^^
5. Robert de Castella (33, AUS) 2:11:28
6. Isidrio Rico (29, MEX) 2:13:02
7. Geoff Smith (36, GBR). 2:13:38
8. Salah Ooqaiche (22, MAR) 2:13:53
9. Futoshi Shinohara (28, JPN) 2:14:10
10. Philip O’Brien (32, GBR) 2:14:21

Women's Top Results

1. Rosa Mota (31, POR) 2:25:24
2. Uta Pippig (24, GER) 2:28:03
3. Maria Trujillo (30, AZ) 2:28:53
4. Kamila Gradus (23, POL) 2:28:56
5. Kim Jones (31, WA) 2:31:01
6. Veronique Marot (34, GBR) 2:31:09
7. Zoya Ivanova (38, URS) 2:31:15
8. Ritva Lemettinen (29, FIN) 2:38:44
9. Dimitra Papaspirou (26, GRE) 2:38:45
10. Anne Roden (43, GBR) 2:39:36

 

^Masters Course Record
^^Masters World Record

 

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.