On This Day

Grete Waitz

Profession: Long Distance Runner

Nationality:
Norway
Norwegian

Why Famous: 9 x NYC Marathon titles; World C'ship gold 1983; 5 x gold World Cross Country; WR x 4

Born: October 1, 1953
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Libra

Died: April 19, 2011 (aged 57)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1978-10-22 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins in her race debut in world record 2:32:30; Bill Rodgers wins his third straight title in 2:12:12
  • 1979-10-21 New York City Marathon: Bill Rodgers wins 4th straight men's title in 2:11:42; defending champion Grete Waitz of Norway takes out women's event in 2:27:33
  • 1980-10-26 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins for 3rd straight year in 2:25:41.3; Alberto Salazar claims men's event in 2:09:41
  • 1982-10-24 12th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:14
  • 1983-08-07 Grete Waitz of Norway wins inaugural women's marathon at the 1st world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1983-10-23 13th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:00
  • 1984-08-05 American Joan Benoit wins first Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52) ahead of Grete Waitz of Norway at the Los Angeles Games
  • 1984-10-28 14th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:29:30
  • 1985-10-27 15th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:28:34
  • 1986-11-02 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins her 8th NYC event in 2:28:06; Gianni Poli of Italy, men's champion in 2:11:06
  • 1988-11-06 Steve Jones wins 19th NYC men's marathon (2:08:20); Grete Waitz wins record 9th women's title

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