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NYC Marathon Runners with Multiple Wins and Marathon Winners by Country

Grete Waitz Won an Unfathomable Nine New York City Marathons

Grete Waitz Won an Unfathomable Nine New York City Marathons

Grete Waitz of Norway has won the New York City Marathon more than anyone else. She did it nine times, dominating the late 1970′s and 1980′s. This may fall under “unbreakable record.”

The UK’s Paula Radcliffe won it three times.

They join the USA’s Bill Rodgers (4) and Alberto Salazar (3) on the men’s side as the only runners to win the race at least three times.

Five other women, and six other men, have won the NYC Marathon twice, making 15 runners all together with multiple marathon wins.

MEN

1. Bill Rodgers 4 USA 1976 2:10:10
        1977 2:11:28
        1978 2:12:12
        1979 2:11:42
2. Alberto Salazar 3 USA 1980 2:09:41
        1981 2:08:13
        1982 2:09:29
3. Tom Fleming 2 USA 1973 2:21:54
        1975 2:19:27
3. John Kagwe 2 Kenya 1997 2:08:12
        1998 2:08:45
3. Martin Lel 2 Kenya 2003 2:10:30
        2007 2:09:04
3. Orlando Pizzolato 2 Italy 1984 2:14:53
        1985 2:11:34
3. Germán Silva 2 Mexico 1994 2:11:21
        1995 2:11:00
3. Marílson Gomes dos Santos 2 Brazil 2006 2:09:58
        2008 2:08:43

WOMEN

1. Grete Waitz 9 Norway 1978 2:32:30
        1979 2:27:33
        1980 2:25:42
        1982 2:27:14
        1983 2:27:00
        1984 2:29:30
        1985 2:28:34
        1986 2:28:06
        1988 2:28:07
2. Paula Radcliffe 3 United Kingdom 2004 2:23:10
        2007 2:23:09
        2008 2:23:56
3. Nina Kuscsik 2 USA 1972 3:08:41
        1973 2:57:07
3. Miki Gorman 2 USA 1976 2:39:11
        1977 2:43:10
3. Tegla Loroupe 2 Kenya 1994 2:27:37
        1995 2:28:06
3. Margaret Okayo 2 Kenya 2001 2:24:21
        2003 2:22:31
3. Jelena Prokopcuka 2 Latvia 2005 2:24:41
        2006 2:25:05

The NYC Marathon made its debut in 1970. An American won the first 12 races on the men’s side, and the first seven on the women’s side.

The U.S. men still hold the most marathon wins with 14, but this is a record destined to fall as the country’s early dominance was a factor of a relatively tiny, and less international, field.

Thanks to Grete Waitz, Norway has the most NYC Marathon winners on the women’s side with 10.

But look out for the Kenyans and Ethiopians on both sides. Here they come.

MEN

  COUNTRY YEAR WINNER TIME
           
1. United States 14 1970  Gary Muhrcke  2:31:38 
      1971  Norman Higgins  2:22:54 
      1972  Sheldon Karlin  2:27:52 
      1973  Tom Fleming  2:21:54 
      1974  Norbert Sander  2:26:30 
      1975  Tom Fleming  2:19:27 
      1976  Bill Rodgers  2:10:10 
      1977  Bill Rodgers  2:11:28 
      1978  Bill Rodgers  2:12:12 
      1979  Bill Rodgers  2:11:42 
      1980  Alberto Salazar  2:09:41 
      1981  Alberto Salazar  2:08:13 
      1982  Alberto Salazar  2:09:29 
      2009  Meb Keflezighi  2:09:15 
           
2. Kenya 10 1987  Ibrahim Hussein  2:11:01 
      1990  Douglas Wakiihuri  2:12:39 
      1997  John Kagwe  2:08:12 
      1998  John Kagwe  2:08:45 
      1999  Joseph Chebet  2:09:14 
      2002  Rodgers Rop  2:08:07 
      2003  Martin Lel  2:10:30 
      2005  Paul Tergat  2:09:30 
      2007  Martin Lel  2:09:04 
      2011  Geoffrey Mutai  2:05:06 
           
3. Italy 4 1984  Orlando Pizzolato  2:14:53 
      1985  Orlando Pizzolato  2:11:34 
      1986  Gianni Poli  2:11:06 
      1996  Giacomo Leone  2:09:54 
           
3. Mexico 4 1991  Salvador García  2:09:28 
      1993  Andrés Espinosa  2:10:04 
      1994  Germán Silva  2:11:21 
      1995  Germán Silva  2:11:00 
           
5. Brazil 2 2006  Marílson Gomes dos Santos  2:09:58 
      2008  Marílson Gomes dos Santos  2:08:43 
           
5. Ethiopia 2 2001  Tesfaye Jifar  2:07:43 
      2010  Gebregziabher Gebremariam  2:08:14 
           
5. South Africa 2 1992  Willie Mtolo  2:09:29 
      2004  Hendrick Ramaala  2:09:28 
           
8. Morocco 1 2000  Abdelkader El Mouaziz  2:10:09 
           
8. New Zealand 1 1983  Rod Dixon  2:08:59 
           
8. Tanzania 1 1989  Juma Ikangaa  2:08:01 
           
8. United Kingdom 1 1988  Steve Jones  2:08:20 

WOMEN

  COUNTRY YEAR WINNER TIME
           
1. Norway 10 1978  Grete Waitz  2:32:30 
      1979  Grete Waitz  2:27:33 
      1980  Grete Waitz  2:25:42 
      1982  Grete Waitz  2:27:14 
      1983  Grete Waitz  2:27:00 
      1984  Grete Waitz  2:29:30 
      1985  Grete Waitz  2:28:34 
      1986  Grete Waitz  2:28:06 
      1988  Grete Waitz  2:28:07 
      1989  Ingrid Kristiansen  2:25:30 
           
2. United States 7 1971  Beth Bonner  2:55:22 
      1972  Nina Kuscsik  3:08:41 
      1973  Nina Kuscsik  2:57:07 
      1974  Kathrine Switzer  3:07:29 
      1975  Kim Merritt  2:46:14 
      1976  Miki Gorman  2:39:11 
      1977  Miki Gorman  2:43:10 
           
3. Kenya 6 1994  Tegla Loroupe  2:27:37 
      1995  Tegla Loroupe  2:28:06 
      2001  Margaret Okayo  2:24:21 
      2002  Joyce Chepchumba  2:25:56 
      2003  Margaret Okayo  2:22:31 
      2010  Edna Kiplagat  2:28:20 
           
4. United Kingdom 5 1987  Priscilla Welch  2:30:17 
      1991  Liz McColgan  2:27:32 
      2004  Paula Radcliffe  2:23:10 
      2007  Paula Radcliffe  2:23:09 
      2008  Paula Radcliffe  2:23:56 
           
5. Ethiopia 2 2009  Derartu Tulu  2:28:52 
      2011  Firehiwot Dado  2:23:15 
           
5. Latvia 2 2005  Jelena Prokopcuka  2:24:41 
      2006  Jelena Prokopcuka  2:25:05 
           
7. Australia 1 1992  Lisa Ondieki  2:24:40 
           
7. Germany 1 1993  Uta Pippig  2:26:24 
           
7. Italy 1 1998  Franca Fiacconi  2:25:17 
           
7. Mexico 1 1999  Adriana Fernandez  2:25:06 
           
7. New Zealand 1 1981  Allison Roe  2:25:29 
           
7. Poland 1 1990  Wanda Panfil  2:30:45 
           
7. Romania 1 1996  Anuta Catuna 2:28:18 
           
7. Russia 1 2000  Lyudmila Petrova  2:25:45 
           
7. Switzerland 1 1997  Franziska Rochat-Moser  2:28:43 

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Florence Griffith-Joyner and the Top 20 Fastest Women in History (and the Top 20 100 Meter Dash Times)

Florence Griffith-Joyner, the Fastest Woman Ever

Florence Griffith-Joyner, The Fastest Woman Ever

The late great Florence Griffith-Joyner is the fastest woman in history. Her 10.49 in Indianapolis in 1988 is the fastest clocked time of any woman in the 100 meter dash – and by a lot, too. Carmelita Jeter, the fastest woman alive (and second ever),  is .15 seconds off Flo-Jo’s top time. That’s a relative eternity on a list where placement is usually determined in increments of .01 seconds.

The most recent fastest time was scored by Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who just a few weeks ago put up a 10.70. Both Jeter and Fraser-Pryce will be running in the 2012 London Olympics.

Today’s first list actually looks at the 21 (and ties) fastest women ever. The extra athletes are to account for Marion Jones‘ possibly drug-aided performances. After lying to a grand jury about it, a defiance that would eventually win her a six-month spell in prison, in 2007 Jones finally copped to using PEDs. She was forced to return the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and her racing results were vacated from September, 2000 onward. But Jones was suspected of drug use long before that, and so even her 10.65 in 1998 is clouded in suspicion.

The second list looks at the fastest women’s times in the 100 meters. 1988 was a huge year for Griffith-Joyner as she etched the top three fastest times ever. The top 20 times are covered by seven sprinters, from the USA, Jamaica and France.

Marion Jones officially (pre-2000) owns eight of the top 20 times ever. But if you strike her times from the records (today’s third list), six other sprinters can call themselves some of the fastest women ever.

What about the fastest men in history? Sports List of the Day has you covered: Usain Bolt and the Top 20 Fastest Men in History.

Thanks to the International Association of Athletics Federations at iaaf.org.

Follow me on Twitter @VinGetz.

TOP 20 FASTEST WOMEN

  TIME ATHLETE FROM RACE LOCATION DATE
1. 10.49 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Indianapolis, IN July 16, 1988
2. 10.64 Carmelita Jeter USA Shanghai September 20, 2009
3. 10.65 Marion Jones* USA Johannesburg September 12, 1998
4. 10.70 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Jamaica Kingston (NS), JAM June 29, 2012
5. 10.73 Christine Arron France Budapest August 19, 1998
6. 10.74 Merlene Ottey Jamaica Milano September 7, 1996
7. 10.75 Kerron Stewart Jamaica Roma July 10, 2009
8. 10.76 Evelyn Ashford USA Zürich August 22, 1984
8. 10.76 Veronica Campbell-Brown Jamaica Ostrava May 31, 2011
10. 10.77 Irina Privalova Russia Lausanne July 6, 1994
10. 10.77 Ivet Lalova Bulgaria Plovdiv June 19, 2004
12. 10.78 Dawn Sowell USA Provo, UT June 3, 1989
12. 10.78 Torri Edwards USA Eugene, OR June 28, 2008
14. 10.79 Xuemei Li China Shanghai October 18, 1997
14. 10.79 Inger Miller USA Sevilla August 22, 1999
16. 10.81 Marlies Göhr East Germany Berlin June 8, 1983
17. 10.82 Gail Devers USA Barcelona August 1, 1992
17. 10.82 Gwen Torrence USA Paris September 3, 1994
17. 10.82 Zhanna Block Ukraine Edmonton August 6, 2001
17. 10.82 Sherone Simpson Jamaica Kingston (NS), JAM June 24, 2006
21. 10.83 Marita Koch East Germany Berlin June 8, 1983
21. 10.83 Sheila Echols USA Indianapolis, IN July 16, 1988
21. 10.83 Juliet Cuthbert Jamaica Barcelona August 1, 1992
21. 10.83 Ekateríni Thánou Greece Sevilla August 22, 1999

TOP 20 FASTEST 100m TIMES

  TIME ATHLETE FROM RACE LOCATION DATE
1. 10.49 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Indianapolis, IN July 16, 1988
2. 10.61 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Indianapolis, IN July 17, 1988
3. 10.62 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Seoul September 24, 1988
4. 10.64 Carmelita Jeter USA Shanghai September 20, 2009
5. 10.65 Marion Jones USA Johannesburg September 12, 1998
6. 10.67 Carmelita Jeter USA Thessaloniki September 13, 2009
7. 10.70 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Indianapolis, IN July 17, 1988
7. 10.70 Marion Jones USA Sevilla August 22, 1999
7. 10.70 Carmelita Jeter USA Eugene, OR June 4, 2011
7. 10.70 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Jamaica Kingston (NS), JAM June 29, 2012
11. 10.71 Marion Jones USA Chengdu May 12, 1998
11. 10.71 Marion Jones USA New Orleans, LA June 19, 1998
13. 10.72 Marion Jones USA New Orleans, LA June 20, 1998
13. 10.72 Marion Jones USA Monaco August 8, 1998
13. 10.72 Marion Jones USA Lausanne August 25, 1998
16. 10.73 Christine Arron France Budapest August 19, 1998
16. 10.73 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Jamaica Berlin August 17, 2009
18. 10.74 Merlene Ottey Jamaica Milano September 7, 1996
19. 10.75 Marion Jones USA Roma July 14, 1998
19. 10.75 Marion Jones* USA Sydney September 23, 2000
19. 10.75 Kerron Stewart Jamaica Roma July 10, 2009
19. 10.75 Kerron Stewart Jamaica Berlin August 17, 2009

TOP 20 FASTEST 100m TIMES EXCLUDING JONES

  TIME ATHLETE FROM RACE LOCATION DATE
1. 10.49 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Indianapolis, IN July 16, 1988
2. 10.61 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Indianapolis, IN July 17, 1988
3. 10.62 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Seoul September 24, 1988
4. 10.64 Carmelita Jeter USA Shanghai September 20, 2009
5. 10.67 Carmelita Jeter USA Thessaloniki September 13, 2009
6. 10.70 Florence Griffith-Joyner USA Indianapolis, IN July 17, 1988
6. 10.70 Carmelita Jeter USA Eugene, OR June 4, 2011
6. 10.70 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Jamaica Kingston (NS), JAM June 29, 2012
9. 10.73 Christine Arron France Budapest August 19, 1998
9. 10.73 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Jamaica Berlin August 17, 2009
11. 10.74 Merlene Ottey Jamaica Milano September 7, 1996
12. 10.75 Kerron Stewart Jamaica Roma July 10, 2009
12. 10.75 Kerron Stewart Jamaica Berlin August 17, 2009
14. 10.76 Evelyn Ashford USA Zürich August 22, 1984
14. 10.76 Veronica Campbell-Brown Jamaica Ostrava May 31, 2011
16. 10.77 Irina Privalova Russia Lausanne July 6, 1994
16. 10.77 Ivet Lalova Bulgaria Plovdiv June 19, 2004
18. 10.78 Dawn Sowell USA Provo, UT June 3, 1989
18. 10.78 Merlene Ottey Jamaica Sevilla May 30, 1990
18. 10.78 Merlene Ottey Jamaica Paris September 3, 1994
18. 10.78 Torri Edwards USA Eugene, OR June 28, 2008
18. 10.78 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Jamaica Beijing (National Stadium) August 17, 2008
18. 10.78 Veronica Campbell-Brown Jamaica Eugene, OR July 3, 2010
18. 10.78 Carmelita Jeter USA Bruxelles September 16, 2011

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Usain Bolt and the Top 20 Fastest Men in History (and the Top 20 100 Meter Dash Times)

Usain Bolt, the Fastest Man Alive and Ever, With His World Record 9.58 in the 100m Dash

Usain Bolt, the Fastest Man Alive and Ever, With His World Record 9.58 in the 100m Dash

Jamaica’s amazing and aptly-named Usain Bolt is the fastest man alive, and “the fastest human who’s ever lived.” His 9.58 in the 100 meter dash in Berlin in 2009 is the quickest recorded time in the event ever. Traditionally, the 100m race is employed as the bar for determining who are the fastest men in the world.

Listed below are the 20 fastest men in history, based on the 100m. It is a list dominated by Jamaicans, who are five of the seven fastest runners of all time. Tyson Gay, Maurice Greene and Justin Gatlin of the USA, and Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin of Canada, complete the top 10. All 20 athletes made their marks between 1991 and 2012.

But these are not the fastest all-time 100 meter marks. Take a look at the second list below. These are the 20 fastest official 100m times ever. These 20 times are held by just five runners: Bolt, Gay, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nesta Carter. Four of these five hail from Jamaica, and they hold 15 of the 20 fastest times ever – and they will be sprinting again in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Will a dent be made in these record times, or a new world record forged?

What about the ladies? They’re here, in Florence Griffith-Joyner and the Top 20 Fastest Women in History.

Thanks to iaaf.org!

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TOP 20 FASTEST MEN

  TIME ATHLETE FROM RACE LOCATION DATE
1. 9.58 Usain Bolt Jamaica Berlin August 16, 2009
2. 9.69 Tyson Gay USA Shanghai September 20, 2009
3. 9.72 Asafa Powell Jamaica Lausanne September 2, 2009
4. 9.75 Yohan Blake Jamaica Kingston (NS), JAM June 29, 2012
5. 9.78 Nesta Carter Jamaica Rieti August 29, 2010
6. 9.79 Maurice Greene USA Athens June 16, 1999
7. 9.80 Steve Mullings Jamaica Eugene, OR June 4, 2011
7. 9.80 Justin Gatlin USA Eugene, OR June 24, 2012
9. 9.84 Donovan Bailey Canada Atlanta, GA July 27, 1996
9. 9.84 Bruny Surin Canada Seville August 22, 1999
11. 9.85 Leroy Burrell USA Lausanne July 6, 1994
11. 9.85 Olusoji A. Fasuba Nigeria Doha May 12, 2006
11. 9.85 Mike Rodgers USA Eugene, OR June 4, 2011
11. 9.85 Richard Thompson Trinidad and Tobago Port-of-Spain August 13, 2011
15. 9.86 Carl Lewis USA Tokyo August 25, 1991
15. 9.86 Frank Fredericks Namibia Lausanne July 3, 1996
15 9.86 Ato Boldon Trinidad and Tobago Walnut, CA April 19, 1998
15. 9.86 Francis Obikwelu Nigeria Athens (Olympic Stadium) August 22, 2004
15. 9.86 Keston Bledman Trinidad and Tobago Port-of-Spain June 23, 2012
20. 9.87 Linford Christie Great Britain Stuttgart August 15, 1993
20. 9.87 Obadele Thompson Barbados Johannesburg September 11, 1998

TOP 20 FASTEST 100m TIMES

  TIME ATHLETE FROM RACE LOCATION DATE
1. 9.58 Usain Bolt Jamaica Berlin August 16, 2009
2. 9.69 Usain Bolt Jamaica Beijing (National Stadium) August 16, 2008
2. 9.69 Tyson Gay USA Shanghai September 20, 2009
4. 9.71 Tyson Gay USA Berlin August 16, 2009
5. 9.72 Usain Bolt Jamaica New York City, NY May 31, 2008
5. 9.72 Asafa Powell Jamaica Lausanne September 2, 2008
7. 9.74 Asafa Powell Jamaica Rieti September 9, 2007
8. 9.75 Yohan Blake Jamaica Kingston (NS), JAM June 29, 2012
9. 9.76 Usain Bolt Jamaica Kingston (NS), JAM May 3, 2008
9. 9.76 Usain Bolt Jamaica Bruxelles September 16, 2011
9. 9.76 Usain Bolt Jamaica Rome May 31, 2012
12. 9.77 Asafa Powell Jamaica Athens (Olympic Stadium) June 14, 2005
12. 9.77 Asafa Powell Jamaica Gateshead June 11, 2006
12. 9.77 Asafa Powell Jamaica Zürich August 18, 2006
12. 9.77 Tyson Gay USA Eugene, OR June 28, 2008
12. 9.77 Usain Bolt Jamaica Brussels September 5, 2008
12. 9.77 Asafa Powell Jamaica Rieti September 7, 2008
12. 9.77 Tyson Gay USA Rome July 10, 2009
19. 9.78 Asafa Powell Jamaica Rieti September 9, 2007
19. 9.78 Tyson Gay USA London August 13, 2010
19. 9.78 Nesta Carter Jamaica Rieti August 29, 2010
19. 9.78 Asafa Powell Jamaica Lausanne June 30, 2011

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