August 17, 2008 |
BEIJING -- Running through a welcome drizzle that cleared the air and lowered the temperature to a pleasant 73 degrees at the start, Constantina Tomescu-Dita came into the Bird's Nest, the national track stadium, and looked behind her. When she didn't see anyone, Tomescu-Dita, a 38-year-old mother from Romania, broke into a smile and started waving to the crowd. Her lap around the Olympic stadium track was a winner's lap. She won the women's marathon gold medal today in 2 hours 26 minutes 44 seconds, 22 seconds ahead of silver medalist Catherine Ndereba of Kenya, the world champion.
November 5, 2004 |
Deena Kastor appreciated the welcome she got at her parents' home in Thousand Oaks after she won the bronze medal in the Athens Olympic marathon, the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic marathon medal since Joan Benoit in 1984. And she was thrilled with the parade and banners that honored her and Meb Keflezighi, the men's Olympic marathon silver medalist, along Old Mammoth Road at their Mammoth Lakes training base. But Kastor isn't the type to rest on her laurels.
August 8, 2004 |
Deena Kastor's future crystallized one summer day when she was 11, as she sat on the floor of her living room and cried for joy while she watched Joan Benoit run into the Los Angeles Coliseum in solitary splendor. Benoit, now Benoit Samuelson, decisively won the first women's Olympic marathon at the 1984 Games, instantly expanding the horizons of female athletes on every field of play.
September 30, 2013 |
Deena Kastor remembers the moment. She was 10 years old in 1984 and watching the first-ever women's Olympic marathon finish in the Los Angeles Coliseum. She remembers Joan Benoit Samuelson enter the Coliseum first, she remembers the huge crowd noise, she remembers Samuelson and her white cap. "At that moment," Kastor said, "I wanted to become a marathon runner. " Kastor did and won a bronze medal in the 2004 Games, and now she's an avid backer of Los Angeles to be the host of the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.
August 6, 2012 |
LONDON -- Two U.S. runners put their arms around each other as they walked away from the finish line. There was some progress in the women's Olympic marathon, but not enough for their taste. Shalane Flanagan finished 10th with a time of 2:25:51. Behind her in 11th was Kara Goucher, who crossed the line 16 seconds later Sunday at the Mall of London. It was the first time the U.S. had two women among the top 11 finishers, but Flanagan seemed disappointed. Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana set an Olympic record while winning the event in 2:23:07, fending off Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo by five seconds.
November 5, 2006 |
After measuring her life in hours and miles, after building up endurance for an event that can be won in a sprint to the finish, Deena Kastor has discovered it's timing, not time, that really matters. And her timing is superb, positioning her today to become the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since Miki Gorman triumphed in 1977. Kastor, who grew up in Agoura Hills and lives in Mammoth Lakes, didn't run her first marathon until 2001, when she was 28.