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Allison Roe in the New York Marathon, 1981 (2nd of 2)

Allison Roe in the New York Marathon, 1981

In 1981 New Zealander Allison Roe won the prestigious New York Marathon. Initially it was thought that she had set a new world record with her time of two hours 25 minutes 29 seconds, but the course was found to be 150 metres short. She cuts a commanding figure on her way to victory.

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David Colquhoun, 'Athletics - The golden era continues, 1970 to 1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 February 2024)

Story by David Colquhoun, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 20 Sep 2016