Smith Wins Second Consecutive Marathon
BOSTON (AP) _ Britain’s Geoff Smith overcame cramps in both hamstrings Monday to win the Boston Marathon for the second consecutive year.
Favored Lisa Larsen Weidenbach was the first woman finisher in the 26 mile- 385 yard race, run under damp conditions with temperatures that climbed into the 60s.
Smith, 31, a former firefighter and soccer player from Liverpool, was on world-record pace for the first 19 miles. But painful hamstring cramps slowed him, and he finished in 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 5 seconds on the hilly, winding course. That was well off the world best time of 2:08:05 for a marathon.
Ms. Weidenbach, 23, of Marblehead, Mass., clocked a 2:34:06, also a slow time. It was the first Boston marathon for her. Ms. Weidenbach finished fourth in last year’s U.S. Olympic trials.
Smith finished five minutes ahead of the next challenger in the field of some 5,500 entrants, 1,000 fewer than last year. Second was Gary Tuttle, 37, of Ventura, Calif., in 2:19:11.
The second woman’s finisher was Lynne Huntington of Houston in 2:42:15.