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2000 Boston Marathon

The 104th edition of the Boston Marathon was held Monday, April 17, 2000 and run, as always, from Hopkinton through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton and Brookline to Boston, Mass. Kenya's Elijah Lagat held on to win the closest Boston Marathon in history by outdueling countryman Moses Tanui and Ethiopian Gezahenge Abera with a time of two hours, nine minutes and 47 seconds. Only three seconds separated the top three finishers.

Kenya's Catherine Ndereba ended Ethiopian Fatuma Roba's three year run as the Boston Marathon's women's champion. Ndereba finished the race in two hours, 26 minutes, and 11 seconds to become the first Kenyan woman to win in Boston.

American Jean Driscoll (2:00:52) took home her eighth women's wheelchair race breaking her tie with Clarence DeMar for most wins in one Boston division. Switzerland's Franz Nietlispach (1:33:32) continued his dominance in the men's wheelchair division by winning his fifth race and fourth in a row. Winners in the men's and women's divisions earned $80,000.

Distance: 26.2 miles.

Men

  Time
1Elijah Lagat, KEN2:09:47
2Gezahenge Abera, ETH2:09:47
3Moses Tanui, KEN2:09:50
4Ondoro Osoro, KEN2:10:29
5David Busienei, KEN2:11:26
6John Kagwe, KEN2:12:26
7Laban Nkete, S.Afr2:12:30
8Joseph Chebet, KEN2:12:39
9Julius Ruto, KEN2:13:26
10Silvio Guerra, ECU2:14:18
Best USA: 19th— Fedor Ryjov, Boston, Mass., 2:17:38

Men

  Time
1Franz Nietlispach, SWI1:33:32
2Heinz Frei, SWI1:38:43
3Saul Mendoza, MEX1:39:37
4John MacLean, AUS1:45:42
5Kelley Smith, CAN1:45:42

Women

  Time
1Catherine Ndereba, KEN2:26:11
2Irina Bogacheva, KYR2:26:27
3Fatuma Roba, ETH2:26:27
4Anuta Catuna, ROM2:29:46
5Lornah Kiplagat, KEN2:30:12
6Ai Dongmei, CHN2:30:18
7Ornella Ferrara, ITA2:30:20
8Sun Yingjie, CHN2:31:22
9Marta Tenorio, ECU2:31:49
10Elana Meyer, S.Afr.2:32:09
Best USA: 18th— Maria Trujillo de Rios, Los Gatos, Calif., 2:42:24

Men

  Time
1Jean L. Driscoll, USA2:00:52
2Louise Sauvage, AUS2:01:16
3Miriam Nibley, USA2:14:47
4Chantal Petitclerc, CAN2:16:13
5Diane Roy, CAN2:24:43

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