More than five thousand runners took part in the famous Boston Marathon in the United States on Monday (21 April).
GV EXTERIOR Start of marathon race, runners along road (2 shots)
GV Competitors running towards camera
SV Camera crew in front of runners on back of van and GV Runners along road
GV PAN People by roadside watching runners pas and standing near sign indicating 19 1/2 miles more to finish line
GV Runners along road and beginning to thin out
GV PAN Crowd look on from roadside as Bill Rodgers, (US) clear ahead of rest runs past (2 shots)
GV PAN Crowd watch as winner Bill Rodgers reaches finish line and breasts tape (2 shots)
GV Crowd applaud as No.15 Marco Marchei (Italy)crosses finish line to finish 2nd (2 shots)
GV Rodgers received wreath and medal from race officials as crowd applauds
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Background: More than five thousand runners took part in the famous Boston Marathon in the United States on Monday (21 April). The race, among the toughest endurance events in the world, was won by American Bill Rodgers for the third consecutive year.
SYNOPSIS: In previous years the number of competitors has been even larger for the race, run over a course of 26 miles and 385 yards(42 kilometres approximately). Last year nearly nine thousand runners took part, but because numbers were getting out of hand the organisers cut back.
It was the 84th Bostom Marathon, and attracted, as usual, experienced runners from all over the world. But the competition wasn't as tough this time because many overseas runners are concentrating on training for the Olympics. The United States has dropped out of the Moscow Games.
Prized are awarded to the first man and the first woman to cross the finishing line, as well as to top competitors in the over- 40 age bracket. Since the first marathon in 1897, times and tactics have improved immensely.
In the early years few runners had any experience of marathon and little idea of how to pace themselves over the distance. But Bill Rodgers has had plenty of experience.
He moved into the lead at the 11-mile mark and stayed there, well ahead of the rest of the field. His time was two hours 12 minutes and 11 seconds, and it was only the second time a runner had won the event three years in row. But his time was slower than the record of two hours and nine minutes he set last year. In second place was Italy's Marco Marchei in time of two hours 13 minutes and 21 seconds.
In all Rodgers has now won four Boston Marathons, starting with a clear victory in 1975.