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Boston Marathon History: 1991-1995

 

95th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 15, 1991

Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya won his second Boston title in four years (2:11:06) and Wanda Panfil of Poland became the world’s No. 1-ranked female with her first and only Boston win (2:24:18) while three other former or future women’s champions finished in the Top 10. Ken Judson of Pennsylvania (2:18:11) and Graziella Striuli of Italy (2:37:01) were the masters division champions.

Men's Top Results

1. Ibrahim Hussein (32, KEN) 2:11:06
2. Abebe Mekonnen (27, ETH) 2:11:22
3. Andy Ronan (27, IRL) 2:11:27
4. Alejandro Cruz (23, MEX) 2:12:11
5. Carlos Grisales (24, COL) 2:12:33
6. Douglas Wakiihuri (27, KEN) 2:13:30
7. Tesfaye Tafa (28, ETH) 2:14:07
8. Atsushi Sakauchi (26, JPN) 2:14:18
9. Leme Chengere (18, ETH) 2:14:28
10. Andrzej Witczak (32, POL) 2:14:49

Women's Top Results

1. Wanda Panfil (32, POL) 2:24:18
2. Kim Jones (32, WA) 2:26:40
3. Uta Pippig (25, GER) 2:26:52
4. Joan Benoit Samuelson (33, ME) 2:26:54
5. Kamila Gradus (24, POL) 2:26:55
6. Ingrid Kristiansen (35, NOR) 2:29:51
7. Conceicano M. Ferreira (29, POR) 2:30:18
8. Malgorzata Birbach (30, POL) 2:32:13
9. Odette LaPierre (36, CAN) 2:32:55
10. Manuela Machado (26, POR) 2:33:08

 

96th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 20, 1992

Ibrahim Hussein won for the third time after he broke away from the lead pack at Heartbreak Hill. His time was then the second-fastest at Boston (2:08:14) and caused him to break down in tears on the awards platform. The Russian-born Olga Markova, only 23 years old, passed pre-race favorite and defending champion Wanda Panfil of Poland en route to a winning time of 2:23:43.

Men's Top Results

1. Ibrahim Hussein (33, KEN) 2:08:14
2. Joaquim Pinheiro (31, POR) 2:10:39
3. Andreas Espinosa (29, MEX) 2:10:44
4. Juma Ikangaa (32, TAN) 2:11:44
5. Joselido Rocha (27, BRA) 2:11:53
6. Boniface Merande (30, KEN) 2:12:23
7. Jose Santana (28, BRA) 2:12:25
8. Abebe Mekonnen (28, ETH) 2:13:09
9. Inocencio Miranda (30, MEX) 2:13:14
10. Tesfaye Tafa (29, ETH) 2:13:36

Women's Top Results

1. Olga Markova (23, CIS) 2:23:43
2. Yoshiko Yamamoto (21, JPN) 2:26:26
3. Uta Pippig (26, GER) 2:27:12
4. Manuela Machado (27, POR) 2:27:42
5. Malgorzata Birbach (31, POL) 2:28:11
6. Wanda Panfil (33, POL) 2:29:29
7. Irina Bogacheva (29, CIS) 2:32:45
8. Odette LaPierre (37, CAN) 2:34:19
9. Ritva Lemettinen (31, FIN) 2:34:30
10. Jane Welzel (36, CO) 2:36:21

 

97th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 19, 1993

A late surge by Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya enabled him to win in a time of 2:09:33, which made him the fifth African winner in six years. A relative unknown, Ndeti ran the second half of the race faster than the first half, becoming the second champion to ever negative-split the course to date (the first was Toshihiko Seko, in 1987). Olga Markova of Russia returned to Boston, where she repeated as champion in 2:25:27. Jean-Michel Charbonnel of France and Bernardine Portenski from New Zealand captured the men’s and women’s masters divisions, respectively.

Men's Top Results

1. Cosmas Ndeti (23, KEN) 2:09:33
2. Kim Jae-Ryong (26, KOR) 2:09:43
3. Lucketz Swartbooi (27, NAM) 2:09:57
4. Hiromi Taniguchi (33, JPN) 2:11:02
5. Sammy Lelei (28, KEN) 2:12:12
6. Mark Plaatjes (31, CO) 2:12:39
7. Boniface Merande (31, KEN) 2:12:50
8. Severino Bernadini (27, ITA) 2:12:56
9. Keith Brantly (30, FL) 2:12:58
10. Carlos Tarazona (27, VEN) 2:13:37

Women's Top Results

1. Olga Markova (24, RUS) 2:25:27
2. Kim Jones (34, WA) 2:30:00
3. Carmen De Oliviera (27, BRA) 2:31:18
4. Manuela Machado (28, POR) 2:32:20
5. Albina Galliamova (28, RUS) 2:35:12
6. Joan Benoit Samuelson (35, ME) 2:35:43
7. Nadia Prasad (25, FRA) 2:37:11
8. Tatiana Titova (27, RUS) 2:37:42
9. Joy Smith (31, TX) 2:38:35
10. Gabrielle O’Rourke (26, NZL) 2:39:09

 

98th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 18, 1994

Ideal weather and a highly competitive field resulted in a succession of course records. Cosmas Ndeti (2:07:15) held off Andres Espinosa (2:07:19) of Mexico, as both shattered the course record of 2:07:51 set by Robert de Castella in 1986. Further defining the phenomenal times was the fact that four of the five fastest times in history were registered in this race, while Bob Kempainen, who ran the fastest time ever by an American, finished seventh in 2:08:47. Future champion Moses Tanui made his Boston debut, finishing in 10th place. The results were similar on the women’s side, where Uta Pippig (2:21:45) took almost a full minute off Joan Benoit’s 1983 record (2:22:43) to claim her first of three consecutive titles. In all, $572,500 was awarded in prize and bonus money.

Men's Top Results

1. Cosmas Ndeti (24, KEN) 2:07:15*
2. Andres Espinosa (31, MEX) 2:07:19
3. Jackson Kipngok (21, KEN) 2:08:08
4. Hwang Young-Cho (24, KOR) 2:08:09
5. Arturo Barrios (31, MEX) 2:08:28
6. Larry Boay Akonay (24, TAN) 2:08:35
7. Bob Kempainen (27, MN) 2:08:47+
8. Lucketz Swartbooi (28, NAM) 2:09:08
9. Sammy Nyangincha (32, KEN) 2:09:15
10. Moses Tanui (28, KEN) 2:09:40

Women's Top Results

1. Uta Pippig (28, GER) 2:21:45*
2. Valentina Yegorova (30, RUS) 2:23:33
3. Elana Meyer (27, RSA) 2:25:15
4. Alena Peterkova (33, TCH) 2:25:19
5. Carmen De Oliviera (28, BRA) 2:27:41
6. Monica Pont (24, ESP) 2:29:36
7. Martha Tenorio (27, ECU) 2:30:12
8. Kim Jones (35, WA) 2:31:46
9. Colleen De Reuck (30, RSA) 2:31:53
10. Albertina Dias (28, POR) 2:33:21

 

99th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 17, 1995

Cosmas Ndeti’s win (2:09:22) placed the Kenyan among the rarefied rankings of Americans Clarence H. DeMar (1922–24) and Bill Rodgers (1978–80) as the only three-time consecutive winners in the men’s open division. The returning champion in the women’s field, Uta Pippig of Germany, overcame a troublesome foot injury and a decided headwind to post her second title (2:25:11). Mexico’s Martin Mondragon (2:16:29) and Russia’s Irina Bondarchuk (2:43:42) captured the laurels in the masters divisions.

Men's Top Results

1. Cosmas Ndeti (25, KEN) 2:09:22
2. Moses Tanui (29, KEN) 2:10:22
3. Luiz Dos Santos (31, BRA) 2:11:02
4. Lameck Aguta (23, KEN) 2:11:03
5. Paul Yego (29, KEN) 2:11:13
6. Alberto Juzdado (28, ESP) 2:12:04
7. Kim Jae-Ryong (28, KOR) 2:12:15
8. Sammy Nyangincha (33, KEN) 2:12:16
9. Gilbert Rutto (30, KEN) 2:12:25
10. Thabiso Moqhali (25, LSO) 2:12:56

Women's Top Results

1. Uta Pippig (29, GER) 2:25:11
2. Elana Meyer (28, RSA) 2:26:51
3. Madina Biktagirova (30, BLS) 2:29:00
4. Franziska Moser (28, SUI) 2:29:35
5. Yvonne Danson (34, GBR) 2:30:53
6. Yoshiko Yamamoto (24, JPN) 2:31:39
7. Mari Tanigawa (32, JPN) 2:31:48
8. Susan Mahony (29, AUS) 2:33:07
9. Tegla Loroupe (23, KEN) 2:33:10
10. Martha Tenorio (28, ECU) 2:33:34

 

*Course Record
+American 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.