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Mota, Rosa Maria Correia dos Santos

Born: 1958 AD
Currently alive, at 63 years of age.
Nationality: Portuguese
Categories: Track and Field Athlete

1958 – Born on June 29th in Porto’s downtown neighbourhood of Foz Velha in Portugal. Portuguese athlete, who is considered to have been one of 20th century’s best marathon runners.

1982 – Mota emerged onto the marathon scene victorious, winning the European Marathon on her debut, beating Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway in the process.

1983 – She won in Rotterdam and Chicago before going on to place 4th in the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki.

1984 – She came up against the strongest women’s field ever assembled over the distance.

         – Saw her winning a bronze at the Los Angeles Olympics, the last occasion she was to lose in a Championship event.

1985 – Saw her setting her personal best at the Chicago Marathon, an event which was won by Joan Benoit of America.

         – Mota traveled the world and took all before her, capturing the Gold medal at both the Olympics and World Championship as well as winning the European Championships, add to this the winning of Boston, Chicago, London, Rotterdam and Tokyo.

1986 – She won Tokyo defeating East Germany’s legendary Katrin Dorre, her winning time of 2Hr 27min 15sec was not special, however the winning of another event on another continent was significant.

1988 – An Olympic year and a victory in Seoul was reward for the most consistent marathon athlete in the world.

1989 – Mota was to sustain an injury which hindered her throughout the year.

1990 – With the problems cleared up between the Federation and Mota and she was able to turn her attentions to Boston. She won for a third year in a row posting a time of 2Hr 25min 23sec to beat a future winner of the event Uta Pippig of the then East Germany.

1991 – Saw the winning of London the ‘icing’ on a cake, enormous with success. Her winning time was 2Hr 26min 14sec, however the victory would make her a winner of 3 of the major city marathons, with only New York missing.

         – Rosa Mota scores 200 points and on her results is inducted to the athletes ‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘women rankings’ as one of the world’s ‘best female marathoners of all time’.