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  2002
Margaret Okayo
Margaret Okayo, front, leads Catherine Ndereba away from the pack. (Globe Staff Photo / Essdras M. Suarez)
WOMEN
Okayo KOs course record in her debut
The odds favored defending champion Catherine Ndereba, but fellow Kenyan Margaret Okayo was not to be dissuaded in her Boston Marathon debut. She took the lead around Route 128 and easily surpassed Uta Pippig's 8-year-old course record. She finished in 2 hours 20 minutes 43 seconds and in the process became the second Kenyan woman to win Boston..
Catherine Ndereba far from second-rate
Women's top 50 finishers

MEN
Rop puts Kenyans back on top
He'd run one marathon before, so he knew he could go the distance. He'd seen a video of the course, so he knew all about the hills. And he knew that a man named Rodgers had won a few here.
  Rodgers Rop
Ryan: Kenyans' absence didn't last long

Photos   Memorable moments   During the race
Before the race   Post Marathon party at The Roxy
Sunday Pasta party   Sports & Fitness Expo

WHEELCHAIRS
VanDyk, Hunkeler roll to victory
South African Ernst VanDyk defended his wheelchair title in the Boston Marathon in fine fashion yesterday. The women's crown went to Switzerland's Edith Hunkeler.   Edith Hunkeler

US RUNNERS
Support not up to speed
The loneliness of the American distance runner continued yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Keith Dowling of Reston, Va., the top man, finished 15th.

DICK BEARDSLEY
Former runner-up returns for a fun run
The crowds along the route didn't recognize him - and Dick Beardsley liked that. ''It was actually nice being a little bit inconspicuous out there,'' he said.

MASTERS
At 43, Kipkemboi in prime of life
A couple of years made no difference to Joshua Kipkemboi. In fact, it might have spurred on the Kenyan runner yesterday to reclaim the masters title.

NOTEBOOK
Thanks to weather, runners kept their cool
BAA officials credited temperatures in the mid-50s for the high completion rate and the low number of casualties - only 350 runners were treated.

SPORTVIEW
Coverage barely got off ground
No live pictures. That nightmare ranks at the top of the worst-case scenarios in the handbook of Boston Marathon television coverage.

   
2002 TOP TEN MEN
Rodgers Rop2:09:02
C. Cheboiboch2:09:05
Fred Kiprop2:09:45 
Mbarak Hussein2:09:45 
Lee Bong Ju2:10:30
Elias Chebet2:10:48
Simon Bor2:11:39
Getachew Kebede2:11:43
Luis Fonseca2:11:49
Silvio Guerra2:12:28 

2002 TOP TEN WOMEN
Margaret Okayo2:20:43
Catherine Ndereba2:21:12
Elfenesh Alemu2:26:01
Sun Yingjie2:27:26
Firaya Sultanova2:27:58
Bruna Genovese2:29:02
Nuta Olaru2:30:26
Mai Tagami2:32:00
Gitte Karlshoj2:35:01
Yukari Komatsu2:35:34

2002 MEN'S WHEELCHAIR
Ernst F. Van Dyk1:23:19
Krige Schabort1:26:04
Franz Nietlispach1:30:08

2002 WOMEN'S WHEELCHAIR
Edith Hunkeler1:45:57
Christina M. Ripp1:49:32
Wakako Tsuchida1:50:09

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ENTRANT STATS
Registered runners 16,638
Men 14,405
Women 6,233
From US 14,558
From Mass. 4,315

AROUND THE COURSE
The start: Occupying oneself the first challenge
Heartbreak Hill: Volunteers are over the top
First-person: Hopkinton to Boston, the hard way
In the crowd: There were miles of smiles

Race log: Stride-by-stride account of the marathon