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April 20, 1998
Monday is Patriots' Day in Beantown, but don't count on a red-white-and-blue win in the 102nd Boston Marathon. Once dominated by U.S. men, the race has for more than a decade been ruled by runners from other countries. Since 1983 no U.S. man has won, and since '93 only seven have cracked the top 25. It's not just that the world's getting faster: As a comparison of the average times of the top five finishers and those of the top five U.S. men over the past 15 years shows, Americans have hit the wall.
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April 20, 1998

Statitudes

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Monday is Patriots' Day in Beantown, but don't count on a red-white-and-blue win in the 102nd Boston Marathon. Once dominated by U.S. men, the race has for more than a decade been ruled by runners from other countries. Since 1983 no U.S. man has won, and since '93 only seven have cracked the top 25. It's not just that the world's getting faster: As a comparison of the average times of the top five finishers and those of the top five U.S. men over the past 15 years shows, Americans have hit the wall.

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