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Joan Benoit

Joan Benoit

Joan Benoit Samuelson (born May 16, 1957) is an American marathon runner, the third fastest woman marathoner at the end of Joan Benoit1982. Her first record breaking exploit occurred in 1981, when she ran a world best of 1:26.21 for 21 km on the road. Benoit success at non-marathon distances as well, winning the prestigious Falmouth Road Race (7.1 miles) a total of six times (1976, 1978, 1981–1983, and 1985). In 2003, at age 46, Benoit won the Maine half marathon, defeating a field dominated by runners two decades her junior.

achievements

Year       Competition                         Venue                Position                Notes
Representing the  United States
1978       Bermuda Marathon        Bermuda                           2nd          2:50:54
1979       Boston Marathon            Boston, United States    1st          2:35:15
1980       Auckland Marathon        Auckland, New Zealand                1st          2:31:23
1981       Boston Marathon            Boston, United States    3rd         2:30:17
1982       Nike OTC Marathon        Eugene, United States   1st          2:26:12
1983       Boston Marathon            Boston, United States    1st          2:22:43
1984       Summer Olympics  Los Angeles, United States1st             2:24:52
1985       Chicago Marathon           Chicago, United States  1st          2:21:21
1988       New York City MarathonNew York City, United States    3rd         2:32:40
1991       Boston Marathon            Boston, United States    4th         2:26:54
1991       New York City MarathonNew York City, United States    6th         2:33:49

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