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9-Time NYC Marathon Champ Grete Waitz Dead at 57

Norwegian Grete Waitz, one of if not the greatest female marathoner of all-time, has lost a long term battle with cancer at the age of 57-years old on Tuesday (April 19, 2011) in Oslo, Norway.  She had been battling the disease since 2005.

Waitz won the New York City Marathon 9 times. A feat that will never be matched again.  She won every NYC Marathon from 1978 to 1988 with the exceptions of 1981 when Allison Roe won and 1987 when Priscilla Welch won.

She broke the world record three years in a row at the NYC Marathon.  Grete won the London Marathon twice (1983 and 1986) as well.  She had just as much success at the smaller road races she participated in.

Waitz also won a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

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