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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

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.