Today in History – Boston Marathon 1981

1981 was a memorable year for Aucklander Allison Roe, who became the first New Zealand woman to win the prestigious Boston race, taking nearly 8 minutes off the course record in running 2:26:46. She followed up this performance six months later by beating the great Grete Waitz to win the New York marathon. Roe’s time of 2:25:29 was at first thought to be a world’s best for the marathon, but the course proved to be 150m short.

The 1.73-m tall Roe had been dismissed as a marathoner by the legendary coach Arthur Lydiard because of her height. Her victory in two of the ‘five World Marathon Majors’ in one year showed that one of this rare occasion Lydiard’s judgement was off the mark.

The marathon for women was included in the programme at the summer Olympics for the first time in Los Angeles in 1984. By then injury had unfortunately curtailed Roe’s career. Her 1981 New York time remained an unofficial New Zealand best until 2010, when Kimberley Smith ran 8 seconds faster in finishing eighth in the London Marathon.

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/page/allison-roe-wins-boston-marathon

then on Monday 16th April 2013 we see the the worst come out in couple of people as they “changed the lives of the innocent”

President Obama’s Speech at an Interfaith Prayer Service in Boston

 

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About Roger Bennett

I know what I know from living I am a Technology Evangelist based in Auckland, New Zealand Middle Earth · http://bennett-nz.com
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