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Results and Commentary: 2003 Men's Commentary

3rd Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon

See 2003 Results - Click Here Kenya's Laban Kipkemboi, 25, -- who was 11th place at this year's Boston Marathon - won today's Half Marathon in a time of one hour, three minutes, four seconds, beating a deep field of international competitors and taking home his first place share ($5,000) of the $25,000 prize purse. Kipkemboi beat countrymen John Kagwe (two-time New York City Marathon champion) by 11 seconds and third place finisher Timothy Cherigat, also of Kenya, by 59 seconds. All three of these runners used the half marathon as preparation for next month's New York City Marathon.

Eddy Hellebuyck, 42, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, ran 1:05:12, and just missed a new American masters record for the half marathon distance. (John Tuttle, of Georgia, ran 1:05:11 at Indy Life in 1999.) Hellebuyck set an American masters record at the marathon distance last weekend when he was the overall champion at Twin Cities in Minnesota (2:12:47). This year, he has established masters division records at the following distances: 5K, 10K, 15K, 10-mile, and marathon. Hellebuyck was the top American at this year's Boston Marathon, finishing tenth.

Tony Nogueira, 35, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey was the men’s push rim wheelchair division champion in 57:43.

- Jack Fleming

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.