Kenyan Upsets Champ; Pippig Wins Sixth Race

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BOSTON: Kenyan Moses Tanui won the 100th Boston Marathon with a time of 2:09:16. His upset of countryman and three-time defending champion Cosmas Ndeti gave Kenya its sixth consecutive victory. Germany's Uta Pippig followed 18 minutes and 12 seconds later with a time of 2:27:12 for her third consecutive win in the women's division. Behind early in the race, Pippig stormed back late in a rally that was the highlight of the race, says TIME's Sam Allis. "People had written off Pippig when she fell behind Kenya's Tegla Loroupe," says Allis, "But right near Fenway Park, she came through with a breathtaking comeback and left Loroupe in her dust." On wheels, Switzerland's Heinz Frei was first to cross the finish line in the men's wheelchair division with a time of 1:30:14 and American Jean Driscoll won an unprecedented seventh consecutive race on the women's side. Joining the winners were 38,706 official entrants and thousands of unofficial "bandits" who slipped in along the route. Response to the celebration race overwhelmed organizers at the Boston Athletic Association who provided water, blankets, portable toilets and other necessities for participants. In spite of the crush, race-day logistics and weather were flawless. Despite a warm day for a marathon, each runner was given a silver mylar blanket to prevent hypothermia after crossing the finish line. "Under the bright, sunny skies, the thousands and thousands of shiny blankets looked like this giant school of fish coming down Boston street," says Allis. "It was immense."