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Grete Waitz

Marathon Runner

Died when: 57 years 199 days (690 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Grete Waitz

Grete Waitz (née Andersen, 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, women's division, 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.

Waitz won 12 World Marathon Majors, the most for any runner.

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