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Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 Breaks Record at 51

Story posted April 01, 2009

Joan Benoit Samuelson '79, the first-ever Olympic Women's Marathon Gold Medalist in 1984, broke the American women's 50-plus 3000-meter record at the 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships at Prince George's Sports and Learning Center in Landover, Md.

Benoit's event was on the opening day of the meet, which took place Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, 2009.

It attracted top masters athletes from across the country and around the world, including at least twelve Olympians and 58 reigning world champions. With the theme of lifetime fitness, the meet was open to all athletes 30 and older.

Benoit Samuelson's time was 10:22.69, eclipsing the old record of 10:23.84 by Kathryn Martin of Northport, N.Y.

Benoit, who is 51, said she did it "to keep fit in my 50s and beyond, and because it's fun. It's a passion and a desire to stay fit.There is no finish line."

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