April 15, 1996 |
She's the best female marathon runner in the world. He's a one-trick pony, or maybe a horse for a course, but it's a great trick and the right course. Uta Pippig and Cosmas Ndeti have led more races in Massachusetts than Ted Kennedy. If form holds, they will be side by side after the Boston Marathon today, both in laurel wreaths that have become like a favorite old hat, and both much richer.
April 18, 1995 |
It's a city of tradition. Every year, a short, chubby guy dresses like Paul Revere and talks about the night he rode out from the North End to warn the countryside about the Redcoats. Every year, the Red Sox tease their fans, then break their hearts. Every year, Cosmas Ndeti is told he can't win the Boston Marathon, and he does.
April 16, 1995 |
She was with Adidas, as most German runners are at one time or another, and then Reebok offered $250,000 and Nike upped the ante to $300,000, which is a lot of deutsche marks at any currency exchange rate. It was a lot more than Uta Pippig had earned in the East German army, even with the rank of athlete first class, and so she signed the four-year contract and took "Just do it" lessons. Is this a great country or what?
November 15, 1993 |
Running from his past and into history, Andres Espinosa of Mexico dared not look back. As he ran alone into the leafy shade of Central Park, Espinosa knew that he was leading the New York City Marathon, but he did not allow himself to glance behind. Espinosa on Sunday outraced his agonizing history in this race--finishing second the last two years--and won, leading a group of Mexican runners to a remarkable finish.
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.
February 11, 1991 |
Uta Pippig of Germany set a world indoor record for the women's 5,000 meters Sunday at Stuttgart, Germany, with a time of 15 minutes 13.71 seconds. Sonia O'Sullivan of Ireland and Villanova University had set the previous record of 15:17.28 on Jan. 25 at Boston University. There were several other good performances at the Stuttgart meet, with three Americans setting 1991 bests. Leroy Burrell won the 60-meter dash in 6.57 seconds, Danny Everett clocked 45.