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Crossing the Finish Line

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Fun Trivia : Quizzes : Marathons
Crossing the Finish Line game quiz
"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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1. What was the name of the bare-foot Ethiopian winner of the 1960 Olympic Marathon?
    Ahmed Labidi
    Alifu Massaquoi
    Abebe Bikila
    Abebe Wakgira


2. Which Italian marathoner was inadvertently aided to Olympic victory in 2004 by a de-frocked Irish priest?
    Stefano Baldini
    Sisay Bezabeh
    Gelindo Bordin
    Jon Brown


3. Which German athlete earned two Olympic Marathon Gold medals in 1976 and 1980?
    Waldemar Cierpinski
    Jairo Cubillos
    Mario Cuevas
    Neil Cusack


4. At the World Championships in 1987 and 1991, which country's athlete earned the silver medal in the Men's marathon?
    Denmark
    Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
    Dominican Republic
    Djibouti


5. Which country was the first to win four Olympic gold medals in the men's marathon?
    Estonia
    Eritrea
    Ethiopia
    England


6. 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?
    Frank Shorter
    Jack Foster
    Ferenc Szekeres
    Fernand Kolbeck


7. 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).
    Gudisa Shertema
    Gezahgne Abera
    Haile Gebrselassie
    Gete Wami


8. 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?
    Thomas Hicks
    Johnny Hayes
    Charles Hefferon
    Sidney Hatch


9. John Treacy won a surprise silver medal in the 1984 Olympic marathon. What country did he represent at the Los Angeles Games?
    Iceland
    Italy
    India
    Ireland


10. 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?
    Carla Beurskens
    Rita Borralho
    Julie Brown
    Joan Benoit


11. Which of the following countries has become synonymous with creating great marathon champions including 19 of 23 Boston Marathon wins between 1991 and 2012?
    Korea
    Kazakhstan
    Kuwait
    Kenya


12. Which of the following Olympic Games saw a European win the Olympic men's marathon?
    Los Angeles 1984
    London 1948
    London 1908
    Los Angeles 1932


13. 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?
    Lisa Martin
    Rosemarie Muller
    Lorraine Moller
    Rosa Mota


14. 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?
    Catherine Ndereba
    Nili Abramski
    Mizuki Noguchi
    Epiphanie Nyirabarame


15. 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?
    Osaka
    Okazaki
    Okinawa
    Otaru


16. What legendary figure's heroic run from the battlefields of Marathon to the City of Athens gave birth to the "Marathon" footrace?
    Pheidippides
    Ponticus
    Plutarch
    Perseus


17. Who was the first-ever to break 2:16 in the women's marathon?
    Paula Radcliffe
    Holly Rush
    Gaby Rosenthal
    Gemma Rankin


18. 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?
    Spiridon Belokas
    Spyridon Louis
    Albin Stenroos
    Sohn Kee-Chung


19. 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?
    Aredo Talesa
    Tadese Tola
    Paul Tergat
    Tsegay Kebede


20. Which country in the world boasts three of the largest participant-marathons every year?
    Uganda
    United Kingdom
    United States of America
    Ukraine


21. 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
    Valery Pisarev
    Vanderlei de Lima
    Romulo Silva


22. 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
    Samuel Wanjiru
    Wesley Korir
    Wilson Kwambai Chebet


23. Xue Bai made history in becoming her country's first ever World Champion in the Women's marathon. What country is she from?
    Taiwan
    South Korea
    Hong Kong
    China


24. Which city in New York State hosts the second oldest marathon in all of America?
    Yonkers
    Yorktown
    Youngstown
    Yaphank


25. 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?
    Emil Zatopek
    Ivan Zola
    Adrien van de Zande
    Zachaeus Bratslova


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