De Oliviera quits ultra marathons

2009-03-26 00:00

Grace de Oliviera, an exceptional athlete and a true Comrades Marathon legend, announced yesterday that she has retired from Ultra Distance running.

De Oliveira (47), who has consistently competed for top honours at each Comrades since 1999, will not be competing in the 2009 Comrades Marathon. De Oliveira has an enviable Comrades record, finishing seven times in the top 10, and only three times out the top 10 woman. She had her best result in 1999 when she finished in second place. She ends her career with seven gold medals and three silvers.

De Oliveira gave 10 years of her running career to the Comrades Marathon and Ultra Marathons. She stated that she "loves Comrades", but would prefer to concentrate on the shorter distances.

"At the start of the 2008 Comrades Marathon, I had already decided that this would be my last Comrades Marathon, and that I would do the best I could."

"I am very happy with my decision to retire from the Ultra distance running but will still be running the shorter races."'

Grace urged Comrades runners to enter by March 31.

Grace has achieved the following Comrades Marathon results

Year Position Medal

1999 2 Gold

2000 3 Gold

2001 7 Gold

2002 6 Gold

2003 11 Silver

2004 8 Gold

2005 13 Silver

2006 10 Gold

2007 10 Gold

2008 13 Silver

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