Athletics...and Bill Rodgers, the 1975 winner, has again won the Boston Marathon. This year's race?
Athletics...and Bill Rodgers, the 1975 winner, has again won the Boston Marathon. This year's race the 82nd, was run on Monday (17 April), and Rodgers covered the 26 miles 385 yards in two hours 10 minutes 13 seconds, just two seconds ahead of Jeff Wells of Dallas, Texas, with the Finn Esa Tikkanen third. Rodgers' time was the second fastest in the history of the race.
SYNOPSIS: More than 4,600 runners, plus another 1,000 not part of the official race lined up for the start in the Boston suburb of Hopkinton.
It took more than six minutes for all the runners to cross the start line, which meant the leaders had covered a mile (1.6 kilometres) by the time the last man started.
As the race progressed the temperature hovered around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and as usual more than half a million had turned out for the occasion.
The massive field soon began to sort itself out, and the three early leaders were Rodgers, wearing number three, number six Tom Fleming and Kevin Ryan, wearing 11.
For many the race was too hot, but out in front it was 1972 Olympic marathon champion Frank Shorter, Fleming and Rodgers.
Rodgers always seemed the man to beat, and with 17 and a half miles (28.15 kilometres) gone he went in front of Tikkanen.
It was 1975 all over again for Rodgers, but this time was a much closer finish, in fact the closest in the history of the Boston marathon.
Rodgers' time of two hours 10 minutes 13 seconds was just 18 seconds outside the all time best for the race he set himself in 1975.