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Six runners join elite field

Associated Press, 04/07/99

BOSTON - 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.

On the women's side, running the race will be Anuta Catuna of Romania, who finished third in the 1998 Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, 34 seconds, and Martha Tenorio of Ecuador, who finished seventh in Boston in 1994 at 2:30:12.

On the men's side, Jose M. Garcia of Spain, Isaac Garcia of Mexico, Maskaki Oya of Japan, and Silvio Guerra of Ecuador, will all make their debut Boston Marathon appearance at the April 19 race.

The six runners join an already strong field which includes Moses Tanui of Kenya, who won last year's Boston Marathon with a strong finishing kick, and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia, who won by a wide margin.

Both Tanui and Roba have won two previous Boston Marathons and last year's winning times were the third best for men and women in the 102 runnings of the race.

Jackson Kabiga of Kenya and German Silva of Mexico withdrew from the race. Kabiga pulled out for personal reasons and Silva withdrew due to a foot injury, race officials said.

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