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  2001 BOSTON MARATHON

Kenyans' run will be challenged

By Barbara Huebner, Globe Staff, 4/13/2001

or the last 10 years, the first person across the finish line of the Boston Marathon has been from Kenya. That could change Monday. With 2000 Olympic gold medalist Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia returning after a brilliant effort in Sydney, intent on claiming the laurel wreath he missed by an eyelash last year, defending champion Elijah Lagat and two-time winner Moses Tanui will need some fancy footwork. Add to that Bong-Ju Lee, the 1996 Olympic silver medalist from Korea, who is always a threat.

For a subplot, how about the Americans: You have to search the memory banks to come up with the last time five or six had a legitimate chance of breaking into the Top 10. If even two can manage to do so, it will be the first time since 1993.

* Elijah Lagat
* Gezahegne Abera
* Moses Tanui
* Bong-Ju Lee
* Shem Kororia
* David Morris
* Rod De Haven
* Mark Coogan
* Josh Cox
* Joseph Chebet
* Silvio Guerra
* David Kiptum Busienei
* Joshua Chelang'a
* Timothy Cherigat
* Simon Mpholo
* Makhosonke Fika
* Laban Nkete
* Motsehi Moeketsana
* Bruce Deacon
* Roderic De Highden
* Abebe Gezahegne Yimer
* Je-Kyung Kim
* Alejandro Cruz
* Mbarek Hussein
* Scott Larson
* Joao N'Tyamba

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