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Boston Marathon

102nd edition of the Boston Marathon, held Monday, April 20, 1998 and run, as always, from Hopkinton through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton and Brookline to Boston, Mass. Kenya's Moses Tanui outkicked fellow countryman Joseph Chebet to win for the second time in the past three years. He finished in two hours, seven minutes and 34 seconds, the third best time in Boston Marathon history, and just three seconds ahead of Chebet, who recorded the fourth best time.

Ethiopia's Fatuma Roba ran the third fastest women's time (2:23:21) in Boston Marathon history to win her second consecutive race. She finished three minutes and 56 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

Franz Nietlispach of Swiitzerland dominated the men's wheelchair division (1:21:52) and Australia's Louise Sauvage (1:41:19) came from behind to nip American Jean Driscoll at the finish line for her second consecutive win in the women's wheelchair division. Winners in the men's and women's divisions earned $80,000. Distance: 26.2 miles.

Men

  Time
1Moses Tanui, KEN2:07:34
2Joseph Chebet, KEN2:07:37
3Gert Thys, S.Afr.2:07:52
4Andre Ramos, BRA2:08:26
5John Kagwe, KEN2:08:51
6German Silva, MEX2:08:56
7Alejandro Gomez, SPA2:12:34
8Turbo Tumo, ETH2:13:06
9Rey Jose-Ramon, SPA2:13:12
10Takayuki Inubushi, JPN2:13:15
Best USA: 17th— Joseph McVeigh, New Jersey, 2:16:48

Men

  Time
1Franz Nietlispach, SWI1:21:52
2Krige Schabort, S. Afr.1:26:37
3Saul Mendoza, MEX1:26:38
4Philippe Couprie, FRA1:26:40
5Scot A. Hollonbeck, USA1:27:17

Women

  Time
1Fatuma Roba, ETH2:23:21
2Renata Paradowska, POL2:27:17
3Anuta Catuna, ROM2:27:34
4Manuela Machado, POR2:29:13
5Colleen de Reuck, S. Afr2:29:43
6Irina Kazakova, FRA2:30:44
7Jane Salumae, EST2:31:20
8Hiroko Nomura, JPN2:31:58
9Irina Timofeyeva, RUS2:32:32
10Aurica Buia, JPN2:34:17
Best USA: 11th— Mary-Lynn B. Currier, Massachusetts, 2:35:18

Men

  Time
1Louise Sauvage, AUS1:41:19
2Jean L. Driscoll, USA1:41:19
3Monica S. Wetterstrom, SWE1:44:17
4Rose M. Winand, USA1:48:09
5Miriam Nibley, USA1:51:08

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