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Subject: RE: Joan.....2:47:50....impressive
Body: I found the article:
Samuelson is racing Chicago and she's got some lofty goals. Her dream goal is to run under 2:47:00 and qualify for the 2012 US Olympic marathon trials at the age of 53. Samuelson said a sub-2:47 would be very hard for her to accomplish, but her main goal is to go sub-2:50 for the third time since turning 50. If she does so, she will have done it at each of the Big 3 of US marathoning - Boston (2:49:08 in 2008 at age 50), New York (2:49:09 in 2009 at age 52), and Chicago (at age 53). Samuelson hasn't gone sub 2:47 since 2005 when she ran 2:46:27 at Twin Cities. The idea that it's even conceivable for Samuelson to qualify for the US Olympic marathon trials at age 53 is superhuman to us. The crazier thing is that Samuelson isn't the world record holder for women's marathonng at age 50, 51 or 52.
The records according to http://www.arrs.net are as follows: 50y 2d 2:31:05 Tatyana Pozdniakova (UKR) 04 Mar 1955 06 Mar 2005 Los Angeles CA USA 51y 15d 2:35:46 Tatyana Pozdniakova (UKR) 04 Mar 1955 19 Mar 2006 Los Angeles CA USA 52y108d 2:48:47 Edeltraud Pohl (GER) 14 Jul 1936 30 Oct 1988 Frankfurt GER 53y301d 2:53:38 Manna Kwak (NED) 14 Dec 1944 11 Oct 1998 Eindhoven NED So it looks like Samuelson will get the world record for age 53 if she runs well in Chicago. But that 2:31 at age 50 is simply ridiculous.
So Joan not only broke her own 50+ American record, she obliterated the world record for 53 yo women, and beat the one for 52 also. Very impressive.Hit the submit button below if you want us to review the post.
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