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John Kelley, ’57 Boston Marathon winner, dies

STONINGTON, Conn.—John J. Kelley, winner of the 1957 Boston Marathon and known to his fans as the first modern American road runner, has died.Amby Burfoot, a friend who was coached by Kelley in high school in Groton in the early 1960s, confirmed his death. He said he died Sunday in Stonington at his daughter’s home from a melanoma that spread to his lungs. He was 80.When Kelley won in 1957, he would be confused with 1935 and `45 champion John A. Kelley, a patriarch of the Boston Marathon who ran the race each year until 1992 when he was 84. John J. Kelley would be known as “Johnny the Younger.”Burfoot, an editor at Runner’s World, said Kelley finished second at Boston five times and won eight consecutive USA National Marathon titles.© Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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