109th Boston marathon takes place

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Runners en route

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Cambridge, Massachusetts — Catherine Ndereba won her fourth Boston marathon yesterday, making her the first woman to do so. The Kenyan trailed for the first 20 miles of the race, before passing Elfenesh Alemu at the top of Heartbreak Hill in Newton. Though the 26.2 mile race takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, it has been dominated by Kenyan and Ethiopian runners for approximately the last ten years. Emily Levan of Wiscasset, Maine, was the first American woman to finish, placing twelfth in 2:43:14. Levan was also 12th in the 2003 Boston Marathon.

Ethiopian Hailu Negussie won the men's race in 2:11:45. American Alan Culpepper placed fourth, the highest an American has placed in the Boston marathon since 1987, when Dave Gordon did the same.

A runner in the 2005 Boston Marathon, near mile 25 on the MBTA overpass on Beacon Street. The citation on his shirt is probably a reference to his target finish time. He had 1.2 miles to go after 3:22, and it was a hot day.

Ernst Van Dyk won the men's wheelchair race for the fifth year in a row. The women's wheelchair race was won by Cheri Blauwet, who also won the event in 2004.

2005 Boston Marathon men's results
Place Name Time Country
1 Negussie, Hailu 2:11:45 Ethiopia
2 Onsare, Wilson 2:12:21 Kenya
3 Cherono, Benson 2:12:48 Kenya
4 Culpepper, Alan 2:13:39 United States
5 Cheruiyot, Robert Kipkoech 2:14:30 Kenya
6 Cherigat, Timothy 2:15:19 Kenya
7 Kipchumba, Benjamin 2:15:26 Kenya
8 Letherby, Andrew 2:16:38 Australia
9 Ouaadi, Mohamed 2:16:41 France
10 Gilmore, Peter 2:17:32 United States
11 Shay, Ryan 2:18:17 United States
12 Kimutai, Benjamin Kosgei 2:18:22 Kenya
13 Omwenga, Thomas 2:18:57 Kenya
14 Loskutov, Pavel 2:19:04 Estonia
15 Kipkemboi, Joshua 2:19:28 Kenya
2005 Boston Marathon women's results
Place Name Time Country
1 Ndereba, Catherine 2:25:13 Kenya
2 Alemu, Elfenesh 2:27:03 Ethiopia
3 Genovese, Bruna 2:29:51 Italy
4 Zakharova, Svetlana 2:31:34 Russia
5 Biktagirova, Madina 2:32:41 Russia
6 Morgunova, Lyubov 2:33:24 Russia
7 Gemechu, Shitaye 2:33:51 Ethiopia
8 El Kamch, Zhor 2:36:54 MAR
9 Ogawa, Mina 2:37:34 Japan
10 Olaru, Nuta 2:37:37 Romania
11 Sultanova-Zhdanova, Firaya 2:41:05 Russia
12 Levan, Emily 2:43:14 United States
13 Annis, Caroline 2:43:46 United States
14 Graytock, Carly 2:44:02 United States
15 Sato, Yuko 2:47:00 Japan

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