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Johnson Wins Marine Corps Marathon

October 25, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Weldon Johnson took the lead near the five-mile mark of the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon Sunday and wasn’t challenged thereafter, winning in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 31 seconds.

He ran 18 miles two weeks ago at the Chicago Marathon at about a 2:18 pace, increasing his confidence for Sunday’s run.

``I knew coming in I’d have a good shot,″ Johnson, of Washington, D.C., said.

The race, with a total of 18,110 runners, began under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-50s that eventually reached the low 70s.

Mark Croasdale and Gary Gerrard, both of England, finished second and third, respectively, at 2:31:32 and 2:32:42.

Kimberly Markland of San Antonio, Texas, was the women’s winner at 2:49:06, a personal-best in her 10th marathon. She was followed by Patti Shull of Ashburn, Va. (2:55:17) and Kelly Keeler of Fairfield, Ohio (2:55:34).

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