Olympic Gold Medalist Will Compete In Boston Marathon

Samuelson, 53, to run in Boston Marathon

      BOSTON (AP) – Olympic Gold medalist and two-time Boston Marathon
champion Joan Samuelson will compete in the Boston Marathon on
Monday for the first time since 1993.
      Samuelson, 53, will start among the Elite Women at 9:32 a.m. The
field will include approximately 67 of the race's top female
marathoners.
      Samuelson won the 1979 Boston Marathon in an American record
time of 2:35:15, and she established a world record at the 1983
Boston Marathon in 2:22:43. That performance is still the fourth
fastest time in race history.
      “Boston is a special race for me,” Samuelson said. “The
crowds know and appreciate the athletes competing and their
accomplishments, and they never disappoint with their encouragement
and enthusiasm. I look forward to experiencing their energy and
excitement.”
      
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