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Marla Runyan

Full name: Marla Lee Runyan (-Lonergan)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: January 4, 1969 in Santa Maria, California, United States
Affiliations: Nike, Beaverton (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Being legally blind (due to Stargardt's disease), runner Marla Runyan initially focussed on competing in events for visually impaired athletes. She was highly successful, winning three sprint events and the long jump at the 1992 Paralympics, while also competing in cycling. She added a fifth title at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, winning the pentathlon and a silver in the shot put. But Runyan also aspired to compete in the Olympics, and had tried to qualify for the heptathlon at the US Olympic Trials, placing 10th. Her good 800 m in that competition convinced her to switch to middle distance running. This switch proved a good choice, and in 1999 Runyan won the 1500 m at the Pan American Games, and reached the World Championship final in the same event. She repeated that performance in Sydney, placing 8th in the Olympic final. She then turned her attention to long distance running, eventually competing in the 2004 Olympic 5 km, and placing 4th in the 2002 New York Marathon.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 4:02.95 (2002); 5000 – 14:59.20 (2004).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 8
2004 Summer 35 Athina Athletics Women's 5,000 metres United States USA 9 h1 r1/2

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics United States Final 8 4:08.30
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 6 QC 4:06.14
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 7 QC 4:10.83

Women's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
2004 Summer 35 Athina Athletics United States Round One Heat One 9 15:24.88