Hundreds of marathons are held each year around the world. Here's a look at some of the most famous marathon runners of all time.
Name Country Achievement Spyridon Louis Greece He won the gold medal in the marathon at the first modern Olympics in Athens, Greece, in 1896. His time was 2 hours 58 minutes and 50 seconds (2:58:50). Frank Shorter United He won a gold medal at the 1972 States Olympics, which helped start the long- distance running boom in the U.S. Grete Waitz Norway She won the New York City Marathon a total of nine times in the 1970s and 1980s. Paula Radcliffe United She set the current women's world record Kingdom of 2:15:25, in 2003 in London, England. Patrick Makau Kenya He set the current world record of 2:03:38, in 2011 in Berlin, Germany.
1. What is the women's world-record time for the marathon?
2. How much faster is Patrick Makau's world-record time than Spyridon Louis's time at the 1896 Olympics?
3. Explain in your own words why Frank Shorter is a famous marathon runner.
2. 55 minutes 12 seconds
3. He inspired others to take up long-distance running.
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|Title Annotation:||BRAIN BUSTERS|
|Publication:||New York Times Upfront|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Oct 7, 2013|
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