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Marathon legend Grete Waitz succumbs to cancer at 57
  • April 22nd, 2011

Grete Waitz (1 October 1953 – 19 April 2011) was a Norwegian marathon runner, who won nine New York City Marathons between 1978 and 1988, more than any other runner in history.

She also won a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a gold medal at the 1983 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland.

Waitz died of cancer on 19 April 2011, aged 57. Waitz was survived by her husband Jack, and her brothers Jan and Arild.

The Norwegian government later announced she would be buried with government honour at state expense, the sixth woman in Norwegian history to be given this honor.

Grete Waitz career highlights

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