Leone one-ups Kenyans Catuna women's winner

Italian's time is 2: 09: 54

Loroupe's 3-peat bid fails

New York City Marathon

November 04, 1996|By DALLAS MORNING NEWS

NEW YORK -- Tough day for the Kenyans.

Tougher day for the Americans.

But it was a great day for Italy's Giacomo Leone, who won yesterday's New York City Marathon in the time of 2: 09: 54; and for Romania's Anuta Catuna, who won the women's race in 2: 28: 18.

Second place in the men's division went to Ethiopia's Turbo Tumo, who finished in 2: 10: 09. Third was Joseph Kamau of Kenya in 2: 10: 40.

Second in the women's division was Franca Fiacconi of Italy in 2: 28: 42. Joyce Chepchumba of Kenya was third in 2: 29: 38.

Make no mistake, Leone and Catuna are two of the elite competitors in the world of marathon running, but the Kenyans have been on top of that world for several years now.

Cosmos Ndeti of Kenya, who set a course record in the Boston Marathon in 1994 and won it last April, was one of the favorites to win the New York race in his Big Apple debut. But Ndeti was never a factor yesterday, running in a pack that trailed the men's leader the entire race and finishing sixth in 2: 11: 53.

Tegla Loroupe of Kenya, who came out of nowhere to win New York two years ago and was trying yesterday to become only the second woman to win three consecutive New York marathons, set a blistering pace that, by the halfway point, she could not maintain. She suffered cramps, got a headache and faded badly, finishing a distant seventh in 2: 37: 19.

With the men's race wide-open, Leone ran a steady race, averaging 4: 41 miles. His winning time was more than five minutes better than his previous best time (2: 14: 49).

"I realized the second time I entered Central Park that I could win it," Leone said. "Right after the Plaza Hotel, I had a feeling I could win the race."

Leone was in second place -- behind Tumo -- when he entered Central Park for the first time, turning off Fifth Avenue and onto East Drive, where a brilliant sun slashed through dying leaves twirling in a chilly wind that did not allow temperatures to get out of the 30s.

In the park, in the 24th mile, Leone caught and passed Tumo and went on to win by 15 seconds. Leone thanked the New York crowd, which chanted "Go, Italia" through every borough, and the "tail wind at my back. I'm very light."

Kim Jones of Spokane, Wash., was the top U.S. women's finisher. She came in fourth in 2: 34: 46. The fastest U.S. man was Joseph McVeigh of New Jersey, who finished 24th in 2: 21: 12.

Men

1. Giacomo Leone, Italy, 2 hours, 9.54 minutes. 2. Turbo Tumo, Ethiopia, 2: 10: 09. 3. Joseph Kamau, Kenya, 2: 10: 40. 4. John Kagwe, Kenya, 2: 10: 59. 5. Andres Espinosa, Mexico, 2: 11: 39. 6. Cosmos Ndeti, Kenya, 2: 11: 53. 7. Martin Fiz, Spain, 2: 12: 31. 8. Luca Barzaghi, Italy, 2: 12: 42. 9. Sammy Nyangincha, Kenya, 2: 12: 44. 10. William Koech, Kenya, 2: 12: 57.

Women

1. Anuta Catuna, Romania, 2: 28: 18. 2. Franca Fiacconi, Italy, 2: 28: 42. 3. Joyce Chepchumba, Kenya, 2: 29: 38. 4. Kim Jones, Spokane, Wash., 2: 34: 46. 5. Christine Mallo, France, 2: 35: 31. 6. Zhaia Dhamani, France, 2: 36: 40. 7. Tegla Loroupe, Kenya, 2: 37: 19. 8. Grete Kirkeberg, Norway, 2: 37: 37. 9. Jeanne Peterson, Atlanta, 2: 38: 05. 10. Gadisa Edato, Ethiopia, 2: 40: 44.

Maryland finishers

932, Mason S. Flinn, Baltimore, 3: 04: 34; 954, David A. Treber, Silver Spring, 3: 05: 09; 1404, Rulon Mayer, Silver Spring, 3: 12: 01; 1538, Joseph Dobrenski, Baltimore, 3: 13: 38; 1663, Robert J. Bolger, Baltimore, 3: 14: 51; 2345, Chris Laporte, Baltimore, 3: 22: 01; 2461, Michael V. Schwing, Cockeysville Hunt, 3: 23: 07; 2950, Georgeanne Welde (W), Silver Spring, 3: 27: 02; 3088, Dave Menn, Potomac, 3: 27: 58.

3196, Patrick Murphy, Bethesda, 3: 28: 42; 3398, Refet Kaplan, Annapolis, 3: 29: 57; 3402, Stephen W. Clark; Kensington, 3: 29: 57; 3505, Scott Asher; Timonium, 3: 30: 38; 3793, Tim Downes; Baltimore, 3: 32: 32; 3856, Andrew L. Jiranek, Baltimore, 3: 32: 53; 3901, Joe Rubin, Chevy Chase, 3: 33: 16; 3961, Steve W. Circcarone, Baltimore, 3: 33: 38; 4059, Richard M. McMahon, Lutherville Timoni, 3: 34: 16; 4183, Marjorie E. Boyd (W), Annapolis, 3: 34: 58.

4452, Rick Deller, Baltimore, 3: 36: 29; 4646, Steven Grufferman, Ellicott City, 3: 37: 35; 4689, Frank McKenna, Bethesda, 3: 37: 50; 4697, Saam Trivedi, Greenbelt, 3: 37: 54; 4740, Ronnie Wong, Baltimore, 3: 38: 06; 4921, Steven Wagshal, Hagerstown, 3: 39: ++ 14; 5070, Michelle Lyle (W), Bethesda, 3: 40: 09; 5224, Russell Moores, Silver Spring, 3: 40: 58; 5299, Gay Legg (W), Baltimore, 3: 41: 16; 5759, Lee C. Adourian, Ellicott City, 3: 43: 41.

6041, Andrew F. Sheldon, Upper Marlboro, 3: 45: 12; 6159, Ronald J. Rubin, Potomac, 3: 45: 51; 6312, Ross Heisman, Annapolis, 3: 46: 31; 6352, Donald D. Carter, Gaithersburg, 3: 46: 44; 6540, Gary Faigen, Potomac, 3: 47: 32; 6617, Joseph Hartnett, Baltimore, 3: 47: 50; 6713, Melissa Greenhouse (W), Baltimore, 3: 48: 15; 6720, Todd J. Archibald, Mt. Airy, 3: 48: 17; 6923, Alan S. Weiner, Rockville, 3: 49: 12; 7166, Betsy Callanan (W), Towson, 3: 50: 08.

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