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Marla Runyan

Olympic athlete from United States of America

Marla Runyan (born January 4, 1969), is an American track and field athlete, road runner and marathon runner who is legally blind. She is a three-time national champion in the women's 5000 metres. Runyan was born in Santa Maria, California. After graduating from Camarillo High School in 1987, she went on to study at San Diego State University, where she began competing in several sporting events: the heptathlon, 200-meter dash, high jump, shot put, 100-meter hurdles, long jump, javelin throw and the 800-meter run. In 1994 she received her master's degree. Runyan won four gold medals at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in the long jump and the 100, 200, and 400 meter races. She also competed in cycling at those games. She attempted to qualify for the "Able Bodied" Olympics at the 1996 U. S. Olympic Trials, finishing 10th in the Heptathlon. While failing to qualify, she ran the 800 meters in 2:04.70, the Heptathlon record. This success convinced her to try distance running. At the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, she took silver in the shot put and gold in the pentathlon. Her career as a world-class runner in able-bodied events began in 1999 at the Pan American Games, where she won the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1969-01-04
Place of birth
Santa Maria
Nationality
United States of America

Education

Institution From To
Adolfo Camarillo High School
San Diego State University

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