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Rosa Mota

Profession: Marathon Runner


Why Famous: Olympic gold 1988

Born: June 29, 1958
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
Age: 63 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1982-09-12 Gerard Nijboer (2:15:16) & Rosa Mota (2:36:04) win marathon
  • 1983-05-14 Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)
  • 1986-08-26 Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • 1987-04-20 91st Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins 2nd title in 2:11:50; Rosa Mota of Portugal claims women's event in 2:25:21; her first of 3 race victories
  • 1987-08-29 Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota wins Women's Marathon at World Chapionships in Rome in 2hr 25:17mins
  • 1988-04-18 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:43; Rosa Mota of Portugal repeats as women's champion in 2:24:30
  • 1988-09-23 Portuguese world champion Rosa Mota runs 2:25:40 to score a famous Olympic marathon win over Australian Lisa Martin at the Seoul Games
  • 1990-04-16 94th Boston Marathon: Gelindo Bordin is first Italian event winner in race record 2:08:19; Portugal's Rosa Mota wins her 3rd woman's title in 2:25:24
  • 1990-08-27 Rosa Mota wins female marathon (2:31:27)
  • 1991-04-21 Rosa Mota wins 4th World Cup female marathon (2:26:14)

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