March 11, 2013 |
Deena Kastor turned 40 on Valentine's Day, but hitting that milestone was not what prompted her to run in Sunday's L.A. Marathon. The thought occurred to the American marathon record-holder last year when she was working, jogging down Hollywood Boulevard interviewing runners for television. She was feeling the great emotional punch from the crowd and said to herself, "Deena, I want to be doing this. " "Deena's a planner," said her husband and coach, Andrew Kastor. "She's always looking for what's next.
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.
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, 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.
April 24, 2006 |
Deena Kastor broke her American record to win the London Marathon on Sunday, and Felix Limo out-sprinted defending champion Martin Lel to take the men's race. Kastor timed 2 hours 19 minutes 35 seconds to beat Lyudmila Petrova of Russia and third-place Susan Chepkemei of Kenya in cool, drizzly conditions in the British capital. The former Agoura Hills resident established the American record when she ran 2:21:16 to finish third in her only other London Marathon in 2003.
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.