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The 104th Annual Boston Marathon

By Ming-Tai Huh

The city’s attention was once again focused on the long road from Hopkinton to Copley Square as the 104th Boston Marathon brought the greatest runners in the world to Boston. Perhaps the closest and most exciting finishes of all time was a fitting finale to this year’s race.

Kenya’s Elijah Lagat, Ethiopia’s Gezahenge Abera, and Kenyan Moses Tanui all finished within in three seconds of each other. Both Lagat and Abera officially recorded the same time of 2:09.47. Sprinting with the first two, Tanui followed right behind in 2:09.50. Crowds near the finish line came alive with uproarious cheers as the runners came speeding into Copley Square.

In the women’s division, eager spectators had their eyes fixed on Ethiopia’s Fatuma Roba who tried to win her fourth consecutive Boston Marathon. However, she yielded her crown to Kenya’s Catherine Ndereba (2:26.11) in the last stretch of the race. At the finish line Roba was even ousted by Kyrgyzstan’s Irina Bogacheva by inches. A photo finish determined the decision for second place.

Beaver marathon runners

MIT fans piled into Kenmore Square, and lined up along Commonwealth Avenue to see their friends run. Several Engineers actually qualified for the race, which allowed them to wear numbers and receive an official time.

The most impressive finish by an MIT student was sophomore Daniel R. Feldman placing 42nd in the men’s open division with a time of 2:33.18. Feldman, a member of the men’s varsity cross country team, trained for a month and a half prior to the big race. “It was fun ... I was hoping to do a little better, I kind of died at the end,” he said. Feldman was the youngest top-150 finisher of the entire marathon. The next youth to finish was an eighteen year-old who placed 188th.

Other MIT students who finished the race with official times were Pieter Vermeesch (2:50:38), Arnold Seto (2:56:01), Frank Johnston (2:57.34), and Stanley Hu (3:02.24). Related stories: