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Results and Commentary: 2003 Women's Commentary

3rd Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon

See 2003 Results - Click Here Marie Davenport, 28, of Ireland and who resides in Chester, Connecticut, was the women's champion in 1:10:57. The former Providence College star is an Irish Olympian, but this was her debut at the half marathon distance. Davenport bolted from the pack early in the race, extending her lead by the six mile point. Lioudmila Kortchaguina, 32, a Russian citizen living in Toronto, Canada, was runner-up in 1:11:27. Kortchaguina made an attempt to close the 10-second gap between her and the front-running Davenport at mile 10, but Davenport put her away over the ensuing mile and cruised in with what was essentially a victory lap around the Fens. Davenport also won $5,000 for her effort. South African Theresa Du Toit, 30, who resides in Morris Plains, NJ, was third in 1:14:34.

Maria Servin ran away with the women’s masters title in 1:17:49, which placed her fifth among open women.

Nineteen year-old Laurie Stephens, of Wenham, Mass. finished first in the women’s push rim wheelchair division.

- Jack Fleming

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

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.