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2000 BOSTON MARATHON

After 20 years, Hoyts keep on rolling
Dick and Rick HoytAt first, no one knew what to make of them. When the BAA was approached in 1980 by 40-year-oldDick Hoyt, asking to enter the Boston Marathon as the ''arms and legs'' for his wheelchair-bound son, Rick, the governing body balked. Now it wouldn't be a marathon without them.

Roba, Chebet back
to defend titles

Defending champions Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia and Joseph Chebet of Kenya will return to defend their titles in Boston Marathon 2000, leading a list of 34 elite athletes announced by sponsor John Hancock. Roba will attempt what no other runner has been able to do: win Boston four consecutive times.
* 2000 field second biggest ever

   
2000 TOP ELITE MEN
Moses Tanui, Kenya 2:06:16
Ondoro Osoro, Kenya 2:06:54
Joseph Chebet, Kenya 2:07:34
Elijah Lagat, Kenya 2:07:41
G. Anera, Ethiopia 2:07:54
2000 TOP ELITE WOMEN
Fatuma Roba, Eth. 2:23:21
Elana Meyer, RSA 2:25:15
L. Kiplagat, Kenya 2:25:29
Sun Yingjie, China 2:25:45
F. Rochat-Moser, Swi. 2:25:51

Fatuma Roba, left, and Joseph Chebet   Fatuma Roba, left, and Joseph Chebet will be returning to defend their Boston Marathon titles this year. (Globe file photos)

Rivals striding to be the king of clubs
Beyond the individuals, team competition is very much a part of the Boston Marathon scene, as two old rivals -- the GBTC and the Boston Athletic Association -- continue to slug it out, with the BAA defending the men's title won last year with the fastest three cumulative times (7:30:17) since 1995.

MARATHON HISTORY
Many miles ago, Rodgers ran to Boston glory
Twenty-five years ago, it seemed that foreign runners had a stranglehold on the Boston Marathon. From around the world they came to capture this crown jewel of the marathoning world. Then, in the 1975 race, a local runner named Bill Rodgers burst upon the scene, winning Boston and helping to usher in the running boom.
* Rodgers still a force into his 50s