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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 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.