Joan Benoit Samuelson - The Marathon's Maine Woman
The Marathon's Maine Woman
At the gun Benoit bolted out with reckless swiftness…
She led by a minute at five miles, which she reached so quickly that race officials missed her completely. At 10 miles her time was 51:38, shattering her American record at that distance by a gaudy minute and 40 seconds. Noting her pace, an experienced male runner near Benoit had already told her, "You better watch it, lady."
Source: Sports Illustrated, May 2, 1983: 54.
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