19 April 2011
Grete Waitz, distance running legend, passes away
– The IAAF is deeply saddened by the news that Grete Waitz, a legendary
pioneer in women’s Marathon running, passed away today after fighting
a long battle with cancer.
who took the gold medal in the Marathon at the inaugural IAAF World
Championships in Helsinki in 1983 and the Olympic silver medal over the
in Los Angeles in 1984, was 57.
sporting legend in her native Norway, Waitz was perhaps best known for
her streak of four World bests in the Marathon from 1978 to 1983, her
at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and for her record nine
victories at the New York City Marathon.
of the brightest flames of the modern athletics era has been
extinguished but the heroic deeds of Grete Waitz will live on
IAAF President Lamine Diack. “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.”
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