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Boston Marathon History: 1996-2000

 

100th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 15, 1996

Although technically it was the $600,000 prize purse that made the 1996 race the richest ever, it was the record starting field, the drama of the divisional races, and a moment in history that separated the 100th running of the Boston Marathon from its 99 predecessors. Two-time defending women’s champion Uta Pippig overcame severe pains and a 30-second deficit to overtake leader Tegla Loroupe at the 25-mile mark to win in 2:27:12. On the men’s side, Moses Tanui, second in 1995, broke away from the lead pack to claim the title in 2:09:15, ending Cosmas Ndeti’s bid to become the first four-time-consecutive champion. Lorraine Moller of New Zealand, who captured the women’s open title in 1984, celebrated her Boston debut as a masters runner by posting a winning time of 2:32:02, while Herbert Steffny of Germany employed a late surge to secure the men’s title in 2:19:33. The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.

Men's Top Results

1. Moses Tanui (30, KEN) 2:09:15
2. Ezekiel Bitok (30, KEN) 2:09:26
3. Cosmas Ndeti (26, KEN) 2:09:51
4. Lameck Aguta (24, KEN) 2:10:03
5. Sammy Lelei (31, KEN) 2:10:09
6. Abebe Mekonnen (32, ETH) 2:10:21
7. Charles Tangus (22, KEN) 2:10:28
8. Paul Yego (28, KEN) 2:10:49
9. Carlos Grisales (29, COL) 2:11:17
10. Stephen Moneghetti (33, AUS) 2:11:17

Women's Top Results

1. Uta Pippig (30, GER) 2:27:12
2. Tegla Loroupe (22, KEN) 2:28:37
3. Nobuko Fujimura (31, JPN) 2:29:24
4. Sonja Krolik (23, GER) 2:29:24
5. Larisa Zouzko (26, RUS) 2:31:06
6. Franziska Rochat-Moser (29, SUI) 2:31:33
7. Madina Biktagirova (31, BLS) 2:31:38
8. Lorraine Moller (40, NZL) 2:32:02
9. Alla Jiliaeva (26, RUS) 2:32:32
10. Valentina Enaki (30, MOL). 2:33:58

 

101st Boston Marathon - Monday, April 21, 1997

What was billed as a rematch between three-time winner Cosmas Ndeti (1994-96) and defending champion Moses Tanui turned into a personal coming-out party for Lameck Aguta, who stole the show and the title with a triumphant 2:10:34 in his fifth attempt. Fatuma Roba, whose triumph in 2:26:23 ended a three-year reign by Uta Pippig, became just the fourth Olympic gold medalist to win the Boston Marathon. Compatriots Dominique Chauvelier (2:19:10) and Josette Colomb-Janin 2:40:53) gave France a sweep in the masters divisions. Later that summer, Aguta was involved in a near-fatal accident from which he never fully recovered.

Men's Top Results

1. Lameck Aguta (25, KEN) 2:10:34
2. Joseph Kamau (24, KEN) 2:10:46
3. Dionicio Ceron (31, MEX) 2:10:59
4. German Silva (29, MEX) 2:11:21
5. Moses Tanui (31, KEN) 2:11:38
6. Gilbert Rutto (32, KEN) 2:12:30
7. Jimmy Muindi (23, KEN) 2:12:49
8. Andre Ramos (27, BRA) 2:13:10
9. Jose Luis Molina (32, CRC) 2:13:34 9
10. Tesfaye Bekele (26, ETH) 2:14:02

Women's Top Results

1. Fatuma Roba (23, ETH) 2:26:23
2. Elana Meyer (30, RSA) 2:27:09
3. Colleen De Reuck (33, RSA) 2:28:03
4. Uta Pippig (31, GER) 2:28:51
5. Derartu Tulu (25, ETH) 2:30:28
6. Junko Asari (27, JPN) 2:31:12
7. Alla Jiliaeva (27, RUS) 2:31:55
8. Sonia Maccioni (31, ITA) 2:31:59
. Kim Jones (38, WA) 2:32:52
10. Debbie Kilpatrick (33, OH) 2:36:04

 

102nd Boston Marathon - Monday, April 20, 1998

Centennial champion Moses Tanui overcame a seemingly insurmountable 11-second deficit at the 35K mark to capture his second title and register the third-fastest time on the course. Just three seconds later, his countryman Joseph Chebet crossed the line, while Gert Thys was third, marking the first time in the history of the sport that three men broke the 2:08 barrier. On the women’s side, Fatuma Roba successfully defended her title with a sizzling 2:23:21. The masters division saw Andrey Kuznetsov turn in the masters’ third-fastest time on the course (2:15:27), while Floridian Cindy Barber-Keeler (2:39:49) rounded out the list of champions.

Men's Top Results

1. Moses Tanui (32, KEN) 2:07:34
2. Joseph Chebet (27, KEN) 2:07:37
3. Gert Thys (26, RSA) 2:07:52
4. Andre Ramos (28, BRA) 2:08:26
5. John Kagwe (29, KEN) 2:08:51
6. German Silva (30, MEX) 2:08:56
7. Alejandro Gomez (31, ESP) 2:12:34
8. Turbo Tumo (28, ETH) 2:13:06
9. Jose Ramon-Rey (30, ESP) 2:13:12
10. Takayuki Inubushi (25, JPN) 2:13:15

Women's Top Results

1. Fatuma Roba (24, ETH) 2:23:21
2. Renata Paradowska (27, POL) 2:27:17
3. Anuta Catuna (29, ROU) 2:27:34
4. Manuela Machado (34, POR) 2:29:13
5. Colleen De Reuck (34, RSA) 2:29:43
6. Irina Kazakova (29, FRA) 2:30:44
7. Jane Salumae (30, EST) 2:31:20
8. Hiroko Nomura (27, JPN) 2:31:58
9. Irina Timofeyeva (28, RUS) 2:32:32
10. Aurica Buia (28, JPN) 2:34:17

 

103rd Boston Marathon - Monday, April 19, 1999

Trailing by 200 meters with 10K remaining, Joseph Chebet came roaring through the downhills of Chestnut Hill and Brookline to capture the title. The late surge halted his string of three consecutive marathon second-place finishes. Chebet’s heroics overshadowed a glittering performance by Boston debutant Silvio Guerra, who, after breaking from the field in the 16th mile, appeared poised to pull off a stunning upset before Chebet tracked him down at Cleveland Circle. The women’s race once again witnessed Fatuma Roba slowly separating herself from a talent-laden field to register her third consecutive triumph. Overall, Roba was the 24th finisher, marking the highest finish by a woman at Boston, while her time of 2:23:25 was the fourth-fastest by a woman. The masters division recognized a pair of former champions as Andrey Kuznetsov collected his second straight crown and 1997 champion Josette Colomb-Janin enjoyed a triumphant return in 2:40:36. Chebet ended the year ranked atop the world’s marathon list.

Men's Top Results

1. Joseph Chebet (28, KEN) 2:09:52
2. Silvio Guerra (30, ECU) 2:10:19
3. Frank Pooe (25, RSA) 2:11:36
4. Abner Chipu (27, RSA) 2:12:46
5. John Kagwe (30, KEN) 2:13:58
6. Peter Githuka (30, KEN) 2:14:04
7. Andrey Kuznetsov (41, RUS) 2:14:20
8. Jose Luis Molina (34, CRC) 2:14:27
9. Ruben Maza (31, VEN) 2:14:41
10. Julius Ondieki (29, KEN) 2:15:28

Women's Top Results

1. Fatuma Roba (25, ETH) 2:23:25
2. Franziska Rochat-Moser (32, SUI) 2:25:51
3. Yuko Arimori (32, JPN) 2:26:39
4. Colleen De Reuck (35, RSA). 2:27:54
5. Martha Tenorio (32, ECU) 2:27:58
6. Catherine Ndereba (26, KEN) 2:28:27
7. Ludmila Petrova (30, RUS) 2:29:13
8. Mitsuko Sugihara (24, JPN) 2:30:34
9. Renata Paradowska (28, POL) 2:31:41
10. Anuta Catuna (30, ROU) 2:33:49

 

104th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 17, 2000

Boston Marathon 2000 proved to be one of the most compelling and entertaining all-around races in event history. Overall champion Elijah Lagat and runner-up Gezahegne Abera were credited with an identical finishing time (2:09:47) while two-time champion Moses Tanui of Kenya finished third (2:09:50). Similar records were established in the women’s race, where Kenyan Catherine Ndereba pulled away from three-time defending champion Fatuma Roba in the final mile, becoming the first Kenyan woman to win the Boston Marathon. Joshua Kipkemboi became the first Kenyan to win the men’s masters division (2:17:11), and Gitte Karlshoj ruled the women’s division (2:35:11). While the race qualified Lagat for the Kenyan Olympic team, it was Abera who won the gold in Sydney later that year.

Men's Top Results

1. Elijah Lagat (33, KEN) 2:09:47
2. Gezahegne Abera (21, ETH) 2:09:47
3. Moses Tanui (34, KEN) 2:09:50
4. Ondoro Osoro (32, KEN) 2:10:29
5. David Kiptum Busienei (25, KEN) 2:11:26
6. John Kagwe (31, KEN) 2:12:26
7. Laban Nkete (29, RSA) 2:12:30
8. Joseph Chebet (29, KEN) 2:12:39
9. Julius Ruto (28, KEN) 2:13:26
10. Silvio Guerra (31, ECU) 2:14:18

Women'sTop Results

1. Catherine Ndereba (27, KEN) 2:26:11
2. Irina Bogacheva (38, KGZ) 2:26:27
3. Fatuma Roba (26, ETH) 2:26:27
4. Anuta Catuna (31, ROU) 2:29:46
5. Lornah Kiplagat (25, KEN) 2:30:12
6. Ai Dongmei (18, CHN) 2:30:18
7. Ornella Ferrara (32, ITA) 2:30:20
8. Sun Yingjie (21, CHN) 2:31:22
9. Martha Tenorio (33, ECU) 2:31:49
10. Elana Meyer (33, RSA) 2:32:09

 

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.