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Joan Benoit Samuelson

According to Runner's World Magazine, Joan Benoit Samuelson is "the greatest American marathoner in history."[1] Joan Benoit was the winner of the first official womens' marathon, which took place during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, making her the only American woman to have ever won an Olympic gold medal in the marathon.[1] She crossed the finish line in 2:24:52 - faster than the winning time in 13 of the past 20 Olympic marathons.[2] She ran her first ever Boston Marathon in 1979, and won. [3] She also won the 1983 Boston Marathon and the 1992 Columbus Marathon. She was awarded the Sullivan Award in 1985. Benoit Samuelson is the American record holder for the marathon and half marathon[1], and at the age of 50 she set the American record for her age group.[3] She was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 1998.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 unknown (n.d.). Joan Benoit Samuelson. Retrieved on 2008-05-17.
  2. Charlie Lovett (1997). Olympic Marathon. Praeger Publishers. Retrieved on 2008-04-04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Benoit Samuelson, Joan; Hamilton Tish. "Better Than Gold" (in English). Women's Health (July/August 2008): 72-75. Rodale Inc.. Retrieved on 23 July 2008.