Norwegian marathon great Grete Waitz dies at 57

By Associated Press

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Grete Waitz, who won nine New York City Marathons and a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics, died Tuesday after a six-year battle with cancer, Norway's athletics federation said. She was 57.

She is a 2000 inductee into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica. She was part of the class that included Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar and Clarence DeMar.

Waitz won her first New York City Marathon in 1978, setting a world best in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 30 seconds. She went on to win the event eight more times, with her last victory coming in 1988.

Waitz also won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1983 world
championships in Helsinki. A year later, she took second behind Joan Benoit in the first women's Olympic marathon.

She also competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics in the 1,500
meters, but missed the 1980 Moscow Games because of the
American-led boycott.

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