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Joan Benoit Samuelson runs 3:02 in Berlin–at age 62

Joan Benoit Samuelson, one of the most accomplished marathoners in history, continues to set fast times after 40-plus years

America’s sweetheart, Joan Benoit Samuelson, ran 3:02:21 at this morning’s BMW Berlin Marathon. The 1979 and 1983 Boston Marathon champ and winner of the very first Olympic women’s marathon in 1984, Samuelson is still racking up a couple of very impressive marathon times every year. So far the goal of becoming the first woman over 60 to run a sub-3 has eluded her, but she remains the only woman in the world to have run sub-3 marathons in five successive decades.


Yes, you read that right. Samuelson has sub-3 finishes in each of five decades. (She is 62 years old.) Her first  was in 1979, and her last was in 2010, and she ran sub-3 in the 80s, 90s, and oughts, as well. Samuelson also won her age group at Boston in 2013 and 2019.


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Before last year’s Chicago marathon, Samuelson expressed her desire to make history as the first woman over 60 to run sub-3, but it wasn’t to be. Wet conditions in Chicago led to slower-than-usual finishing times, and she finished in 3:12. She followed that up with a 3:04 in Boston in April, and now a 3:02 today in Berlin. Perhaps she will target a fast spring marathon for one last try in 2020?


Meb Keflezighi and Joan Benoit Samuelson - Beach to Beacon 10K
Joan Benoit Samuelson with Meb Keflezighi at the 2014 Beach to Beacon 10K


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