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Crossing the Finish Line
"For the marathoner and week-end road warrior, "crossing the finish line" is the ultimate goal. However, for the elite runner, "crossing the finish line" can mean immortality and Olympic Gold. Can you answer questions on these heroes of the pavement?"
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What was the name of the bare-foot Ethiopian winner of the 1960 Olympic Marathon?
Which Italian marathoner was inadvertently aided to Olympic victory in 2004 by a de-frocked Irish priest?
Which German athlete earned two Olympic Marathon Gold medals in 1976 and 1980?
At the World Championships in 1987 and 1991, which country's athlete earned the silver medal in the Men's marathon?
Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
Which country was the first to win four Olympic gold medals in the men's marathon?
In 1972 the USA won its third gold medals in the Olympic marathon. Which U.S. legend of the roads earned gold in 1972 and silver in 1976?
In 2008 at the Berlin Marathon, which Ethiopian athlete became the first to run under 2 hours and 4 minutes for the marathon? (Hint: He was Olympic Champion at 10,000m in 1996 and 2000).
In 1908, the Olympic Marathon distance was set at 26 miles 385 yards or 42.195 km. Which American won the 1908 running of the Olympic Marathon?
John Treacy won a surprise silver medal in the 1984 Olympic marathon. What country did he represent at the Los Angeles Games?
History was made in Los Angeles in 1984 when a petite American woman crossed the finish line in the first-ever Olympic women's marathon. What was her name?
Which of the following countries has become synonymous with creating great marathon champions including 19 of 23 Boston Marathon wins between 1991 and 2012?
Which of the following Olympic Games saw a European win the Olympic men's marathon?
Los Angeles 1984
Los Angeles 1932
Following in the footsteps of countryman Carlos Lopes (gold medal in the marathon at the 1984 Olympics), what exceptional women's athlete won gold in the 1988 Olympic marathon in Seoul, South Korea?
Which Kenyan woman has won two World marathon titles, two Olympic silver medals, and held the Women's marathon record from 7th October 2001 until 13th October 2002?
In the marathon at the 2007 World Championships, athletes Tsuyoshi Ogata, Satoshi Osaki, and Toshinari Suwa helped host country Japan win the Team Marathon title. In which city were these championships hosted?
What legendary figure's heroic run from the battlefields of Marathon to the City of Athens gave birth to the "Marathon" footrace?
Who was the first-ever to break 2:16 in the women's marathon?
Which Greek athlete became a National hero after winning the Athens Olympic Gold medal in the very first Marathon event at the modern Olympics, in 1896?
Which Kenyan athlete held the Marathon world record from September 2003 to September 2007 in addition to earning two Olympic silver medals at 10,000m in 1996 and 2000?
Which country in the world boasts three of the largest participant-marathons every year?
United States of America
Perhaps the unluckiest Olympic Marathon medalist of all-time was the Brazilian athlete who competed in Athens in 2004. Which athlete was tackled by a spectator when he was leading with just 7km to go?
Andre Luiz Ramos
Vanderlei de Lima
One of the fastest ever marathoners from Kenya won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing China. However, he tragically lost his life in May 2011 while back in his native country. What is the name of this Olympic Champion and 2008 Olympic record holder?
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
Wilson Kwambai Chebet
Xue Bai made history in becoming her country's first ever World Champion in the Women's marathon. What country is she from?
Which city in New York State hosts the second oldest marathon in all of America?
Which of the following runners created distance running history in winning the 5000m, 10,000m, and the Marathon at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki Finland?
Adrien van de Zande
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Compiled Feb 12 14