NUMBER 5: Deena Kastor

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Honestly, I wasn’t sure where I should place Deena – or if she should even make the list. Perhaps I am biased here because I was able to watch Deena race in her prime. With that being said, here are some of her impressive accomplishments:

2002: set US women’s road 5k record of 14:54
2003: set US women’s marathon record of 2:21:16 besting JBS’s time by five seconds
2004: won bronze medal in the Olympic Marathon (seen below)
2005: set US women’s road 8k record of 24:36
2006: set US women’s half marathon record of 1:07:34
2006: broke her own US women’s marathon record and ran 2:19:36 while winning the London Marathon (seen above). Deena is still the 10th fastest female marathoner of all-time (and her time is still the 15th fastest time ever)

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When interviewed the day after winning the bronze medal in Athens, Deena said, “I had heard conflicting reports along the way, so I did not want to celebrate until I heard something official from the stadium announcer. When I heard my name in bronze medal position, I burst into tears and ran hysterically around the track.”

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