Rod Dixon, 33, of New Zealand was first in a time of 2:08:59 beating Geoff Smith of Great Britain. Smith's time of 2:09:08 was the fastest ever for a first time marathoner. Joao De Matta of Toronto was 30th in 2:14:49, the only Canadian among the top 50.
Grete Waitz of Norway coasted to first place in the women's division for the second consecutive year and the fifth time in six years. Although she did not realize her pre-race plan of trying to break the world best of 2:22:43 set by Joan Benoit of the United States in the Boston Marathon last April, Waitz, 30, was timed in a respectable 2:27:00. Second place was Laura Fogli of Italy in 2:32:49.
Of the 15,193 who started, 14,458 completed the marathon.