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Alberto Salazar

Full name: Alberto Bauday Salazar
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: August 7, 1958 in Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
Affiliations: Athletics West, Eugene (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Alberto Salazar was the best American marathoner of the early- to mid-80s. After a top-flight career as a distance runner at the University of Oregon, winning 1978 NCAA cross-country race, Salazar made his marathon début at the 1980 New York Marathon. He won the race again in 1981-82, and in 1981 his time of 2-08:13 was thought to be a world marathon record, but after re-measurement, the course was found to be slightly short. Salazar also won the 1982 Boston Marathon in a dramatic duel with Dick Beardsley, called the "Duel in the Sun". On the track he was TAC 10K champion in 1981 and 1983, and on the roads, he won numerous races short of the marathon distance. His attempt at Olympic honors in 1984 was hampered by injury, which also likely prevented him from making the 1988 Olympic Team. In the early 90s, Salazar began running some ultra-distance events and won the 1994 Comrades Marathon in South Africa, over 90 km, (56 miles). Salazar has worked as a consultant to Nike and a personal coach to many distance runners.

Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:44.6 (1979); 2 miles – 8:24.2i (1980); 5000 – 13:11.93 (1982); 10000 – 27:25.61 (1982); Mar – 2-08:13 (1981).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Marathon United States USA 15

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Standings 15 2-14:19
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