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2008 Boston Marathon

Women's WC winner
Wakako Tsuchida
Men's WC winner
Ernst Van Dyk
Women's winner
Salina Kosgei
Men's winner
Deriba Merga

(Mark Wilson / Globe Staff)By Mile 3, it was clear the winner -- eventually Deriba Merga (third from left, orange jersey) would come from this lead pack.

Kosgei, Merga win,
Americans fare well

Persistent Merga stays the course, then pulls away (Globe Staff / David L. Ryan)
Ethiopia's Deriba Merga won the men's championship, and Kenya's Salina Kosgei (above) won the closest women's race in the 113-year history of the event while Americans took third in both races for the best US finish since 1985. (Boston Globe)
Kara Goucher

Mind's still running

Last night, Kara Goucher was beating herself up for losing the marathon. Still, just making the podium is a feat.

Course and runner
pounded each other

Globe Staff writer Shira Springer finished yesterday's Boston Marathon in 3:23:07. Here, she recounts the long race. (Globe)

Marathon preview coverage

26 more miles for Boston Billy

26 more miles for Boston Billy

Thirty years after he established an American record here and 10 since he last set out to run 26 miles, Bill Rodgers will take the line in Hopkinton Monday.
US elite are starting to rediscover Boston

US elite are starting to rediscover Boston

For a variety of reasons, top American marathoners like Ryan Hall haven't always found time in their schedules for Boston.
Maiyo joins top contenders
the elites

Maiyo joins top contenders

Kenya's Benjamin Maiyo, a runner-up in Boston and Chicago, is the top name among the final five men added to the elite field.

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