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1955 Boston Marathon Winner Dies

May 9, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Hideo Hamamura, who won the 1955 Boston Marathon, has died of cancer. He was 71.

The Boston Athletic Association said Tuesday that Hamamura died Sunday in Yamaguchi, Japan.

Hamamura finished in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 22 seconds to set what was then a course record, beating the old mark by 29 seconds.

Benefiting from a light rain and a soft tail wind, Hamamura, then 26, was never challenged over the final four miles of the race to become the third of seven Japanese champions in the 104-year history of the Boston Marathon.

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