October 3, 1988 |
On a muggy Sunday afternoon near the end of the men's marathon, Gelindo Bordin of Italy had conceded the gold medal. With 2 1/2 miles left, he was fading fast; exhausted and defeated, the only color he was clinging to was bronze. In a quirky and ever-changing race, however, Bordin suddenly found himself back in the fray with a mile left. When the leaders, who he thought had left him for good, started to wilt before his eyes, Bordin charged forward, never hesitating.
April 20, 1992 |
There are nine Kenyan runners entered in today's 96th annual Boston Marathon, all vying for one remaining opening on their nation's Olympic team. That alone may make the race its most competitive ever. Little else in road racing brings out the tenacity and competitive verve that an Olympic Trials does. As a consequence, every four years around the world there are footraces of increased tension and import.
April 15, 1991 |
On Jan. 5, 1990, Uta Pippig and her coach Dieter Hogan drove through the pre-dawn streets of East Berlin, quietly crossed the border to the West to begin their new life. It was raining. It seems like a lifetime ago, and in many ways it was. On that chilly morning an old life, a life of closed doors and tight lips, ended for Pippig and something new was to begin. What it would be, she didn't know, but that it would be better--of this Pippig was certain.
April 16, 1991 |
The marathon is track and field's most theatrical event, unfolding slowly over 26.2 miles, and Monday it provided drama of the highest order during the 95th Boston Marathon. The women's race, won by Wanda Panfil of Poland in an excellent time of 2 hours 24 minutes 18 seconds, offered up the redemption of Joan Benoit Samuelson; the comeuppance of the world record-holder, Ingrid Kristiansen, and the coronation of the next American marathon star, Kim Jones.
October 2, 1988 |
In the long run, there is nothing like a long run to open and close an Olympics. Ever since a Greek died running an errand thousands of years ago, thereby becoming an inspiration to joggers everywhere, and ever since another Greek, Spiridon Louis, won the original Olympic marathon in 1896, long runs have provided starts and finishes for the Games, including the delivery of the torch to the opening ceremony.