Thursday, November 5, 2009

Joan Samuelson Runs 2:49 Marathon at Age 52!

-Joan Samuelson running 5:02(about a 5:20 mile) or in an exhibition 1500 meter race last summer.

Joan Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic marathon champion, now 52, finshed the New York Marathon last weekend in 2 hr 49:09- an amazing time considering her age plus the fact that New York is not known as a fast course. She also ran 2 hr 49:08 at the 2008 Olympic Trials.

Looking at the age graded calculator, Samuelson's time projects to 2:19:34, faster than her 2:21:21 set on a fast Chicago course in 1985. She also ran 2:22:43 at the 1983 Boston Marathon and won the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Marathon under hot, humid conditions, in 2:24:52, 17 days after arthroscopic knee surgery (wikipedia)

Amazing high level of consistency over so many years!

1 comment:

  1. This was an awesome run.

    I was watching it on Universal Sports and one of the announcers stated that the time was around 3:20. Joannie looked like she was listing to one side and I thought that she had suffered a very serious injury, but gutted the race out.

    It wasn't until the next morning that I discovered that she started 30 or so minutes behind the elite females and that her time was extremely good. Particularly for a less than ideal course with crowded conditions.