Q&A #9

Who won the first World Championship gold medal in the women's Marathon? When? Where?

Grete Waitz won the Marathon at the first World Championships in Helsinki Finland in 1983 


Grete Waitz (born Greta Andersen, 1 October 1953 in Oslo , died April 19, 2011 [1] ) was a Norwegian athlete, there winningest long distance runner of all time. With World Championship gold, Olympic silver and nine victories in New York City Marathon . Her efforts as a pioneering female long distance runner has been of great importance for the development of women's sports. Morning of Tuesday 19 April she died after a long battle with cancer.

Middle distance runner edit ]

At the beginning of her career, she was middle distance runner, competed in the 1500 meters in the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 . Her best quotes of 1500 and 3000 meters, and at 4.00,55 8.31,75, set respectively in 1978 and 1979 , is still Norway records . In 1975 and 1976she set a world record twice in the 3000 meters. She also has two bronze medals from European Championships in Athletics, the 1500 meters in 1974 and the 3000 meters in 1978 . In 1977 she won the 3,000 meters during the World Cup final , while she was number 2 in 1979.

She has 33 Norway Cup, 6 for 800 yards , 8 of 1500 meters , 5 on 3000 meters and 14 in cross country . She has 7 royal goblets .

Marathon Runner edit ]

Towards the end of the 1970s, she chose to focus on increasingly longer distances. In addition to the annual triumphs in New York City Marathon (which she won in 1978-80, 1982-86 and 1988) she won the London Marathon in 1983 and 1986 and was five times world champion in cross country (1978-1981 and 1983). In 1983 she became the first ever world champion in athletics when she came on the opening day alone into the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki .

The former Grete Waitz race (now called Vårspranget ) was named after her, and was first held in 1984 and for the last time in 2004 .

Norwegian flag bearer edit ]

Waitz was the Norwegian flag bearer in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul .

Awards edit ]

The king appointed 20 November 2008 Waitz Knight of 1 class of St. Olav "for her importance as a role model." [2] Waitz received St. Olav Medal in 1981 and St. Hallvard Medal in 1989 . No one has received a Sports Reporter The statuette of the Year sports name "more times than Waitz. Her four statuettes she received in 1975, 1977, 1979 and after the World Cup gold in 1983. She got Morgenbladet gold medal in 1977. 

Achievements in the range edit ]

  • World Cup gold in the marathon 1983
  • 5 World Championship gold medal in cross country
  • Olympic silver medal in the marathon 1984
  • 9 wins in New York City Marathon
  • 2 victories in the London Marathon
  • 7 cups King (1973-1979)
  • 33 individual Norway Cup

orwegian marathon great Grete Waitz dies

Page last updated at 13:54 GMT, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 14:54 UK

Norwegian runner Grete Waitz

Highlghts - Grete Waitz wins 1983 London Marathon

Norwegian marathon runner Grete Waitz has died at the age of 57 following a six-year battle with cancer.

A former Oslo schoolteacher, Waitz won the London Marathon twice, the New York City Marathon nine times and took the silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

She won her first New York Marathon in 1978, setting a world best of two hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds.

Waitz also won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1983 world championships in Helsinki.

Norwegian Athletics Federation president Svein Arne Hansen said: "Grete is in my eyes one of the greatest Norwegian athletes of all time, not only through her performances in the sport, but also as a role model for women in sports."

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"One of the brightest flames of the modern athletics era has been extinguished but the heroic deeds of Grete Waitz will live on eternally

Lamine Diack, IAAF president

In a Twitter posting, marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe, who was friends with Waitz, remembered her as "an amazing champion and more amazing person".

And International Association of Athletics Federations president Lamine Diack stated: "One of the brightest flames of the modern athletics era has been extinguished but the heroic deeds of Grete Waitz will live on eternally.

"The dedication, perseverance and fortitude with which Grete carved out her athletics career on the track, across the country and on the road is an example to us all, as is the positive way she tackled the illness that beset her life in recent years.

"On behalf of the international athletics family I wish to express our heartfelt sorrow at the passing of such a great champion, and offer our sincerest sympathies and condolences to her family and friends."

During her impressive career, Waitz also competed in the 1500m at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics but missed out on the 1980 Moscow Games because of the American-led boycott.

Amazingly, her record-breaking debut in the New York Marathon in 1978 was the first time she had attempted to run the distance and only came about because her husband, Jack, talked her into trying.

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She was a fantastic and immensely successful sports practitioner and also a role model and pioneer in women's sports. She showed that women too can run longer distances than 1,000 meters

Helle Aanesen, manager of the Active Against Cancer Foundation

In 2008, Waitz recalled the way she was feeling 18 miles into race.

"I was hurting. I was mad. I was angry. I told Jack: 'Never again,'" she said.

However, this would be the first of nine marathon victories in the city, the last coming in 1988.

Her two marathon wins in London came in 1983 and 1986.

She broke the world record three more times: in New York in 1979 and 1980 and in London in 1983.

In addition, she earned five titles at the world cross-country championships from 1978-81 and 1983.

Waitz started undergoing cancer treatment in 2005 but rarely discussed her condition in public.

Manager of the Active Against Cancer Foundation in Norway, Helle Aanesen, who got to know Waitz through her work with the foundation, commented: "She didn't wish to put too much focus on herself and her disease but hoped she could contribute in some way to help others.

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