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1999 BOSTON MARATHON

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Inspired Roba able to flag down three in a row
04/20/99 - En route to her Boston Marathon victories the past two years, Fatuma Roba's journey through the Newton hills was made easier by the flag waving and joyous cheering of her fellow Ethiopians. Monday was no different.

This time, he is second to none
04/20/99 - He was second in Boston last year to fellow Kenyan Moses Tanui and second in New York to countryman John Kagwe. Two major races, six seconds away from two victories. This is what made yesterday very special, in a personal sense, for Joseph Chebet.

Chebet is squired to win by a local expert
04/20/99 - Billy Squires knew. No, seriously, I don't just mean he had a good idea, or a reasonably educated guess.

Sauvage nips Driscoll in edge-of-the-seat duel
04/20/99 - Louise Sauvage finally got out from under the shadow of seven-time women's wheelchair winner Jean Driscoll in Boston. But it wasn't easy.

Nietlispach clocks the opposition again
04/20/99 - he man from Switzerland, who may be tuned even better than the watches his country produces, did it again with clocklike precision yesterday.

Crestfallen Rodgers loses uphill battle
04/20/99 - When he set out in Hopkinton with the intent to establish one of three over-50 records within his reach, Bill Rodgers never imagined his Boston Marathon would end this way.

Kristiansen's style is cramped
04/20/99 - How big a difference does 10 years make? Just ask Ingrid Kristiansen. Yesterday, the Norwegian runner celebrated the 10th anniversary of her last Boston Marathon victory.

LeMay moves to forefront
04/20/99 - Joe LeMay of Danbury, Conn., knew he wasn't the odds-on favorite to be the first American to cross the finish line in yesterday's Boston Marathon. Which was fine with him.

Jennings was tested
04/20/99 - When Lynn Jennings ran the Boston Marathon 21 years ago, it was against the will of race organizers and against the will of her coach, who had discouraged her to run and ended up severing ties with her for the next 10 years.

Guerra got caught after attempting a gateway
04/20/99 - Silvio Guerra never knew what caught him. Feeling strong and fit about 16 miles into yesterday's Boston Marathon, Guerra had made his move. He pulled away from a pack of runners and kept going.

Colomb-Janin has a gift for this
04/20/99 - Josette Colomb-Janin, of Les Eparres, France - not exactly a marathon hotbed - won her second women's masters division yesterday, placing 14th overall, with a 2:40:36 clocking.

Dehydration finished off many a competitor
04/20/99 - It was 2:30 on an afternoon warmer than she would have liked and Joan Casey was enjoying the calm before the storm in her 24th year in charge of the finish-line medical tent at the Boston Marathon.

Tracking the arrivals
04/20/99 - Six people were profiled in last Friday's Globe as ''Faces in the Crowd'' among the 12,700 official runners in the Boston Marathon, and here's how they fared Monday.

Fans helped runners get over the hump
04/20/99 - The aroma of grilling sausages and hot dogs wafted in the air, a mouth-watering incentive yesterday for runners as they scaled the most difficult part of the Boston Marathon course: Heartbreak Hill.

Show of class at college
04/20/99 - John Archer never forgot the cheers and lifting of his spirits when he passed through the human tunnel of noise - the quarter-mile stretch of Route 135 in front of Wellesley College - as he ran the Boston Marathon.

Local television stations keep pace
04/20/99 - Local coverage of the Boston Marathon captured the spectacle of a world-class event.

MEN: Can Moses lead the way again?
04/19/99 - Today, Moses Tanui will attempt to join the elite group of men who have three or more Boston victories. He has won two of the last three, broken by a fifth place finsih in 1997, when he was ailing with bronchitis.

WOMEN: Fatuma Roba goes for No. 3
04/19/99 - Fatuma Roba will be going for the three-peat in a race which has been largely devoid of American success in recent years. The last US woman to win the world's oldest continuoius marathon was Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985.

It'll be teeming with teamwork
04/19/99 - The dominant presence of the Kenyans is recognized every year on the eve of Boston, and there are eight elite runners in the field out of the African nation led by defender Moses Tanui and two-time New York City Marathon champion John Kagwe.

Suspension takes Pippig from road to booth
04/19/99 - Last October, 33-year-old Uta Pippig was suspended by the German athletic federation for failing a routine out-of-competition drug test. Unable to compete and facing a possible two-year ban, the three-time Boston champ is looking for a lifeline to save her career.

Loroupe gets win but not a record
04/19/99 - At the Rotterdam Marathon yesterday, Tegla Loroupe fell short in her attempt to better what many consider the world's best marathon time of 2:20:47. (Deeming Loroupe's mark unfairly aided, Boston Marathon officials have maintained Ingrid Kristiansen's 2:21:06 as the time to beat for its bonus.)

In Boston or Kenya, he's king of the hills
04/18/99 - The first traces of dawn are not yet apparent out there in Eldoret, in the Rift Valley in the west of Kenya, when Moses Tanui sets out from his farm on his first training run of the day. It is dark.

Going the extra miles
04/18/99 - Tomorrow, Lynn Jennings will stand at the starting line of the Boston Marathon her own woman indeed, finally making her long-awaited official marathon debut after two decades of brilliance at lesser distances.

Top '98 U.S. male back in business
04/18/99 - He is all New York, Joe McVeigh. Works downtown in the financial district, has a habit of whipping out his ''good luck'' Yankees hat after every marathon he runs. His Brooklynese accent and gift for quips could have even landed him a part on ''Seinfeld.''

Green sisters a running story
04/18/99 - Sisters Rachel and Tamarah Green are not compatible. At least, that's what the doctors said. Rachel's blood type is A positive. Tamarah is O positive. The two do not match and should not mix.

Campbell has discovered new zeal for running
04/18/99 - John Campbell has been one of running's journeymen. You see him, then you don't. Now 50, he gave up running between the ages of 20 and 25 after missing the qualifying standard by one second in the 5,000 trials race for the Commonwealth Games.

Roba following in footsteps of an Ethiopian legend
04/17/99 - When Fatuma Roba takes off from Hopkinton on Monday in search of her third consecutive Boston Marathon win, there will be many reasons to be reminded of legendary Ethiopian olympian Abebe Bikila.

Hoyts to push forward
04/17/99 Notebook - The Boston Marathon personifies and rewards hard work and perseverance. And for the 19th consecutive year, Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, epitomize the kind of dedication needed for the race.

Qualifying times and faster fields help separate Boston
04/16/99 - As the oldest continuous race of its kind in the world, the Boston Marathon has long been accustomed to its unique identity. In its 103 years, the footrace has been a bastion of tradition, alternately rakish, reviled, romanticized, respected, and revered, and darned proud of it all. Boston is Boston: Take it or leave it, run it or not.

Most accept need to qualify
04/16/99 - These are the times that try men's soles. Three hours 10 minutes. Three hours 15 minutes. Three hours 20 minutes. And on. And on.

Unique course recognizable to all but record-keepers
04/16/99 - It's not going to happen, but let's say defending champion Moses Tanui runs the marathon of his life Monday and cracks the two-hour barrier.

Roads cleared for the runners
04/16/99 - Over the long weekend, the roads of the Back Bay and environs will be a good place for running ... but not driving.

Marathon Notebook: Cusack brought some Irish smiles
04/16/99 - Neil Cusack arrived in Boston in the spring of 1974, a college student out of East Tennessee State and Ireland's County Limerick. He had a dream, a Boston Marathon dream. ''I had hopes,'' he said yesterday from Limerick, where he works as director of Cube Printing, ''but I hadn't realized how big the race was.''

Morse at head of pack
04/16/99 - On the morning of April 15, 1996, a division-sized throng of runners boarded 654 buses on Boston Common for the 26-mile ride to Hopkinton High School whence at high noon they ran back - 38,708 strong - down a major commuter highway right into the heart of a major city.

From pancakes to parties, Hopkinton welcomes its marathon role
04/16/99 - The pancakes will be cooking at the Lions Club breakfast at 7 a.m., about two hours after Hopkinton Fire Lieutenant Ken Clark already has started his busier-than-usual work day.

Ashland is where it all started
04/16/99 - The gentle waters of the Sudbury River flow through a small break in the dam on Pleasant Street at the site of Metcalf's Mill across from the Fish and Game Club.

Schoolchildren learn from best
04/16/99 - The master of ceremonies needed only one question to work the crowd into a frenzy. ''Who won last year's race?'' he asked.

Rolling back into battle
04/16/99 - Franz Nietlispach has won the Boston Marathon men's wheelchair division the last two years. The Swiss racer could very well make it three straight on Monday.

Sponsors enjoy showcase of Boston Marathon
04/16/99 - Businesses say they like to sponsor the Boston Marathon because, for them, the race is like a big commercial show-and-tell.

Faces in the crowd
04/16/99 - You won't find Dave Barnett, Anne-Marie Dorning, David Estrada, Amy Heinl, Dennis Herman or Don Ross in the winner's circle or collecting a big paycheck next Monday, but that is not the motivation for their months of training for this year's Boston Marathon.

D'Alessandro finds Marathon safe bet
04/15/99 - If John Hancock's president Dave D'Alessandro seems a bit more preoccupied with what's happening in Switzerland than in Boston on the eve of the 103d Boston Athletic Association Marathon, it may be that he's got $40 million tied up in tarnished Olympic rings.

It's been a record wait for women
04/14/99 - In the mid-1980s, the magic time of 2:20 for the marathon seemed well within the reach of Norway's Ingrid Kristiansen and Grete Waitz, and Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport, Maine. Over a decade later, the barrier has yet to be broken.

Marathon magazine's aim: Long distance
04/14/99 - Come Monday, Jan Seeley, publisher of Marathon & Beyond magazine, will be walking like a hobbled horse, but it won't be from completing the 26.2 miles. In fact, she will miss the race to fly back to her family in Champaign, Ill.

Legend Johnny Kelley, 91, to miss marathon
04/13/99 - He is a symbol of the Boston Marathon as enduring as Heartbreak Hill. But this year, legend Johnny Kelley will be sitting out the race.

Same roads, new direction
04/11/99 - There are times when Bill Rodgers wonders whether he's crazy for even thinking about taking the line in Hopkinton again.

Kristiansen still standard for Boston
04/07/99 - A year ago, the day before the Boston Marathon, Tegla Loroupe broke the legendary Ingrid Kristiansen's 13-year-old world record by finishing the Rotterdam Marathon in 2 hours 20 minutes 47 seconds. Or did she?

Six runners join elite field
04/07/99 - Six runners have joined the elite field of athletes set to compete in the 103rd Boston Marathon, and two runners withdrew, marathon officials announced Wednesday.

Tanui, Roba will return to defend Boston titles
03/10/99 - Two-time champions Moses Tanui of Kenya and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia will be on the starting line April 19 to defend their Boston Marathon titles, according to the roster of elite athletes for the 103rd running announced yesterday by race sponsor John Hancock.

Boston lures Rodgers back
01/05/99 - Although road running legend Bill Rodgers still competes at shorter distances -- frequently winning his age group -- the four-time Boston winner retired from marathoning seven years ago.