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Olympics – 1984 Los Angeles – Track – Womens Marathon – Part 3 – Grete Waitz & Joan Benoit


Grete Waitz (1 October 1953 – 19 April 2011) was a Norwegian marathon runner and former world record holder. In 1979, she became the first woman in history to run the marathon in under two and a half hours. She won nine New York City Marathons between 1978 and 1988….more than any other runner in history. She won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles….and a gold medal at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki.  Her other marathon victories included winning the London Marathon in 1983 and 1986.  She was also a five-time winner of the World Cross Country Championships.

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