Women’s Marathon Idols in the ’80s

Joan Benoit Samuelson: (USA)


     1979 & 1983 Boston Women’s Marathon Champion

     1984 Winner in the US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials     in 2:31:04, 2 1/2 weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.

      1984 First Olympic Womens Marathon Gold Medal with a time of 2:24:52. The only American woman to win the event up to the present.

      1985 Winner in the Women’s Chicago Marathon in 2:21:21.

      2002 American Women’s Record Holder among 45-49 years old with 2:42:28 in Chicago Marathon

      2006 Running partner of Lance Armstrong in the last 16 miles of the New York Marathon

       2007 Training for the US Women’s Olympic Trials set on April 20, 2008 in Boston ( The day before the Boston Marathon). It will be her fourth Women’s Olympic Trials. Her goal is to break 2:50:00 at 50 years old!

Grete Andersen Waitz: (Norway)


        1978-1988 Winner of the New York City Marathon for 9 times

        1983 Winner of the World Championship Women’s Marathon in Helsinki, Finland

        1983 & 1986 Winner of the Women’s London Marathon

        1984 Silver Medalist in the 1984 Olympic Games Women’s Marathon

Rosa Mota: (Portugal)

        1984 Bronze Medalist Women’s Marathon Olympic Games

        1983 & 1984 Champion Chicago Women’s Marathon

        1982, 1986, & 1990 European Women’s Marathon Champion

        1988 Gold Medalist Olympic Games Women’s Marathon

        1987 World’s Marathon Champion

        1987, 1988, & 1990 Champion Boston Women’s Marathon

Ingrid Kristiansen: (Norway) 


        1980, 1981, & 1982 Champion Stockholm Women’s Marathon

        1984, 1985, 1987, & 1989 Champion Women’s Fastest Marathon Race

         1984, 1985, 1987, & 1988 Champion London Women’s Marathon

         1986 Champion Chicago Women’s Marathon

Allison Roe: (New Zealand) 


         1981 Champion Boston Women’s Marathon

         1981 Champion New York City Women’s Marathon


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