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    WINNERS
RUNNERS
Men: Bong-Ju Lee, 2:09:43
Women: C. Ndereba, 2:23:52
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WHEELCHAIR
Men: Ernst Van Dyk, 1:25:12
Women: L. Sauvage, 1:53:54



  3:05 p.m. Lead runners have finished
The Hoyts, father Dick pushing wheelchair-bound son Rick, have just finished. It's the 21st Boston Marathon for these perennial crowd favorites.

  3:00 p.m. Lead runners are finished
Here are the top ten men's and women's finishers:
MEN'S TOP TEN
1. Lee Bong-Ju, South Korea 2:09:43
2. Silvio Guerra, Ecuador 2:10:07
3. Joshua Chelang'a, Kenya 2:10:29
4. David Kiptum Busienei, Kenya 2:11:47
5. Mbarek Hussein, Kenya 2:12:01
6. Rod De Haven, US 2:12:41
7. Laban Nkete, South Africa 2:12:44
8. Fedor Ryjov, Russia (master) 2:13:54
9. Makhosonke Fika, South Africa 2:14:13
10. Timothy Cherigat, Kenya 2:14:21
    WOMEN'S TOP TEN
1. Catherine Ndereba 2:23:53
2. Malgorzata Sobanska 2:26:42
3. Lyubov Morgunova 2:27:18
4. Lornah Kiplagat 2:27:56
5. Fatuma Roba 2:28:08
6. Irina Timofeyeva 2:28:50
7. Ludmila Petrova 2:29:23
8. Wei Yanan 2:29:52
9. Bruna Genovese 2:30:39
10. Kaori Tanabe 2:31:31


  2:43 p.m. Lead runners have finished
Speaking to the press, Lee Bong-Ju dedicated the race to his father, who died a month ago. "I wanted the glory to go to my father in heaven," he said. The hardest part of his race came with two miles to go, and it was the crowd that kept him going through the pain, he told reporters. Asked how it felt to break the string of wins by Kenyans, Lee said: "When you're running a marathon your primary opponent is yourself."

  2:38 p.m. Lead runners have finished
Competitors are streaming across the finish line, where they are wrapped in mylar blankets and, if necessary, sent to the medical tent. The colorful river of runners will continue even after 6 p.m., which is when the BAA stops keeping official time. At this point, the vast majority of runners are still out on the course.

  2:30 p.m. Lead runners have finished
Second place in the women's race went to Malgorzata Sobanska of Poland. She finished in 2:26:42. Lyubov Morgunova of Russia was third in 2:27:18.

  2:28 p.m. Lead runners have finished
The Kenyan national anthem has just finished playing in honor of Catherine Ndereba, this year's only repeat champion. In words to the press, she said she felt strong and decided to make her move at the 22-mile mark. "I had full confidence in me, and I prayed that God would give me strength to finish," she said.

  2:23 p.m. WOMEN'S CHAMPION FINISHES
Catherine Ndereba is the women's winner of the 2001 Boston Marathon. Her time of 2:23:53 was good for 26th place overall, the top overall finish ever by a woman. She earns $80,000 for her efforts.

  2:22 p.m. Men's winner has finished
Catherine Ndereba has turned onto Boylston Street and is headed to the finish. She will be the only repeat winner this year.

  2:16 p.m. Men's winner has finished
American Rod De Haven, from Madison, Wisc., finished in 6th place, with a time of 2:12:41. He is the first US runner to finish in the top 10 since Bob Kempainen took 7th in 1994.

  2:14 p.m. Men's winner has finished
Catherine Ndereba has a comfortable lead over the women's field entering Boston. She has been leading since the Newton hills, where she clocked a pair of miles in 5:08. She appears headed to a repeat win.

  2:10 p.m. Men's winner has finished
Silvio Guerra finished second in 2:10:07, with Joshua Chelang'a third in 2:10:29. Lee's win, the 36th fastest time at Boston, breaks the ten-year win streak by Kenyan runners.

  2:09 p.m. MEN'S CHAMPION FINISHES
Lee Bong-Ju has won the 105th Boston Marathon, pulling away from Silvio Guerra in the last mile. He is the first Korean to win Boston since 1950. His time was 2:09:43. He will take home the $80,000 winner's check.

  2:07 p.m. Lead runners are in Boston
Lee Bong-Ju is running smoothly and appears sure to win the 105th Boston Marathon. Silvio Guerra is 40 yards behind, but won't catch him.

  2:06 p.m. Lead runners are in Boston
Catherine Ndereba is maintaining her big lead in the women's race. Lee Bong-Ju has a 50-yard lead in the men's race with less than a mile to go.

  2:05 p.m. Lead runners are in Boston
The men's leaders are in Kenmore Square. Lee Bong-Ju has increased his lead over Silvio Guerra to about 40 yards.

  2:02 p.m. Lead runners are in Boston
Lee Bong-Ju is making a break. Silvio Guerra is going with him. Joshua Chelang'a has fallen off a bit, with slightly more than a mile left.

  1:58 p.m. Lead runners are in Brookline
The three men are still side-by-side. It's up to Joshua Chelang'a to keep the ten-year Kenyan winning streak alive. But Lee Bong-Ju continues to lead by a stride.

  1:57 p.m. Lead runners are in Brookline
Lee, Chelang'a and Guerra are well ahead of any challengers with three miles to go. It looks like the winner will be one of them. Ndereba is well ahead of the other women at Heartbreak Hill.

  1:53 p.m. Lead runners are in Brookline
Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea, Silvio Guerra of Ecuador and Joshua Chelang'a of Kenya have pulled away from the men's field. They are on the downhill side of Heartbreak Hill.

  1:51 p.m. Lead runners are in Brookline
Here are the unofficial times for the top three women's wheelchair finishers: Louise Sauvage 1:53:54; Edith Hunkeler 1:53:58; Sandra Graf 2:04:00.

  1:49 p.m. Lead runners are in Brookline
Catherine Ndereba has made a move. She ran the last mile in 5:14 and has opened up a 100-yard lead. Fatuma Roba is falling back, and has been overtaken for second by Lornah Kiplagat

  1:46 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
Four runners are beginning to pull away from the men's group. They are led by Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea. The others are Joshua Chelang'a, Silvio Guerra and David Kiptum Busienei. Gezahegne Abera, one of the favorites, has fallen well off the pace.

  1:42 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
Catherine Ndereba and Fatuma Roba, who finished one-two last year, have pulled away from the pack of women. They lead by 75 yards in the Newton hills. Meanwhile, the men's pack is thinning as well. Lee Bong-Ju of Korea is among the leaders and looks strong. Defending champion Elijah Lagat and two-time winner Moses Tanui are among those who have dropped back.

  1:39 p.m. WOMEN'S WHEELCHAIR CHAMPION FINISHES
Louise Sauvage of Australia outsprinted Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland to win the women's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon by three seconds. She was timed in 1:53:54. It's her fourth championship in five years.

  1:37 p.m. Lead women wheelchairs are in Boston
Hunkeler leads Sauvage by a chair length as they make the turn onto Boylston Street.

  1:34 p.m. Lead women wheelchairs are in Boston
It looks like the division that has provided the closest races in Boston Marathon history will do so again. The lead women wheelchair athletes are side-by-side as they enter Kenmore Square. Louise Sauvage and Edith Hunkeler have a mile to go.

  1:32 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
The lead pack of 8 to 10 men has entered the Newton Hills. The leader at the moment is Joshua Chelang'a.

  1:31 p.m. Lead runers are in Newton
Lyubov Morgunova of Russia was tripped and took a spill a few moments ago. She bounced back up, however, and has rejoined the lead pack of women.

  1:30 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
Here are the unofficial times for the top three men's wheelchair finishers: Ernst F. Van Dyk 1:25:12; Franz Nietlispach 1:31:22; and Heinz Frei 1:31:58

  1:25 p.m. Leading runners are in Newton
The pack of eight women runners continues to move along together, led by Malgorzata Sobanska This is the biggest pack of women ever this late into the race. All the favorites are still in contention as they head towards Newton. Besides Sobanska, the pack includes Catherine Ndereba, Fatuma Roba, Lornah Kiplagat, Ludmila Petrova, Lyubov Morgunova, Wei Yanan, and Irina Timofeyeva.

  1:21 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
The two women battling for the lead in the women's wheelchair race, Edith Hunkeler and Louise Sauvage, are on the downside of Heartbreak Hill. The men runners have crossed Rte. 128 and are moving past Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

  1:17 p.m. Lead runners are in Wellesley
As they passed the half marathon, the front-running pack of eight women was led by Lornah Kiplagat, Ludmila Petrova and Lyubov Morgunova.

  1:15 p.m. Lead runners are in Wellesley
Meanwhile, back on the course the lead pack of men is thinning out a bit. A pair of South Africans, Simon Mpholo and Makhosonke Fika, have a lead of a few steps.

  1:13 p.m. Lead runners are in Wellesley
The South African anthem is being played for a teary-eyed men's wheelchair champion Ernst Van Dyk, the first person from his country to win a Boston Marathon.

  1:11 p.m. MEN'S WHEELCHAIR CHAMPION FINISHES
Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa has cruised to the men's wheelchair championship. He led wire to wire, and finished in a time of 1:25:12.

  1:09 p.m. Lead runners are in Wellesley
The lead pack of two dozen men went through the half marathon in 1:05:21. Simon Mpholo was in front by a few steps.

  1:04 p.m. Lead runners are in Wellesley
American Josh Cox is the leader in a huge pack of men as they passed the famous "screech tunnel" -- a wall of screams and cheers from students at Wellesley College. He is forcing the pace, having run the latest mile in under 4:40.

  1 p.m. Lead runners are in Wellesley
A pack of 8 women just went through Natick Center. They clocked 55:34 at the 10-mile mark. Most of the top women are part of that pack, including early leaders Lornah Kiplagat, Malgorzata Sobanska and Ludmila Petrova.

  12:58 p.m. Lead runners are in Natick
The men continue to be lead by a huge pack of runners, including Elijah Lagat and Joseph Chebet, and a trio of Americans, Josh Cox, Rod De Haven and Mark Coogan.

  12:51 p.m. Lead wheelchairs are in Newton
Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa continues to have a huge lead. He is on the downhill side of Heartbreak Hill in Newton, near Boston College. It's his race to lose. Edith Hunkeler and Louise Sauvage are still battling for the women's lead.

  12:48 p.m. Lead runners are in Natick
A mishap at the 15K water table, where he couldn't find his bottle, has cost Makhosonke Fika his share of the lead. Simon Mpholo has a small lead on the rest of the field, but the large pack is closing fast.

  12:42 p.m. Lead runners are in Natick
Lornah Kiplagat of Kenya still leads a small pack of women in Framingham. With her are Lyubov Morgunova of Russia and Malgorzata Sobanska of Poland.

  12:40 p.m. Lead runners are in Natick
The two South Africans, Makhosonke Fika and Simon Mpholo, are still in front of the men's race. But their lead over a pack that includes most of the prominent Kenyans is down to 15 or 20 second

  12:36 p.m. Lead wheelchairs in Newton
The women wheelchair leaders are in Wellesley. The same pair who have led the race from the beginning, Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland and Louise Sauvage of Australia, are neck and neck, drafting off each other.

  12:30 p.m. Lead runners are in Framingham
A trio of women are leading as they cruise through Framingham. In first at the moment is Malgorzata Sobanska of Poland. With her are Kaori Tanabe of Japan and Lornah Kiplagat of Kenya. Sobanska is a former London Marathon winner. Tanabe is making her marathon debut.

  12:27 p.m. Lead runners are in Framingham
Two men, Makhosonke Fika and Simon Mpholo, have taken a 150-yard lead, but the pack is gaining.

  12:23 p.m. Lead wheelchairs are in Wellesley
Ernst Van Dyk continues to lead the men's wheelchair race by a huge margin, just past the 12 mile mark in Wellesley. Guido Mueller of Switzerland is second. Edith Hunkeler, also of Switzerland, was leading the women at 10 miles.

  12:20 p.m. Lead runners are in Framingham
The pack of three men continues to lead the rest of the field by several hundred yards. Among the women, Lornah Kiplagat is leading, a few steps ahead of Ludmila Petrova.

  12:18 p.m. Leaders runners are in Ashland
The BAA is reporting that there are 15,606 official runners this year, the third largest field ever.

  12:14 p.m. Lead wheelchairs are in Framingham
Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa went through five miles in 14:52. The women leaders, Edith Hunkeler and Louise Sauvage, passed in 19:03.

  12:10 p.m. Lead runners are in Ashland
The lead pack of men went through the two mile in 9:53. A trio of runners, Makhosonke Fika, Simon Mpholo and Bashir Hussein of Great Britain, have a small lead.

  12:08 p.m. Lead wheelchairs are in Framingham
Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa is so far ahead in the men's race that the second place competitor can't be seen. Among the women, Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland and favorite Louise Sauvage are neck-and-neck.

  12:05 p.m. Lead runners are in Hopkinton
In the early going, Simon Mpholo of South Africa leads a large pack of runners. He was among the early leaders last year as well, but didn't finish.

  12:02 p.m. Lead runners are in Hopkinton
The elite runners have sprinted from the starting line to quickly put some distance between themselves and the 15,000+ runners behind them. Back-of-the-pack runners continue to stream across the starting line. It will take 7 to 8 minutes for all the competitors to actually begin the race.

  Noon BOSTON MARATHON HAS STARTED
The lead runners have sprinted away from the start as the 105th Boston Marathon gets underway.

 
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SPLITS
Men
Women
5 MILES
Fika 24:29
Pack, 26:43
10 MILES
Fika, 49:45
Sobanska 55:34
15 MILES
Fika, 1:14
Kiplagat, 1:23
20 MILES
Guerra, 1:39:22
Ndereba, 1:51:21
FINISH
Lee, 2:09:43
Ndereba, 2:23:52