Véronique Marot

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Marie-Véronique Antoinette Colette Jeannine Marot (born 16 September 1955) is a former marathon runner from France who moved to England in 1976. She won the 1989 London Marathon and represented Great Britain at the 1992 Olympic Games. Marot twice broke the British record for the marathon, with 2:28:04 in 1985 and 2:25:56 in 1989. The latter time stood as the UK record for thirteen years.

Career[edit]

Marot was born in Compiègne, France. She moved to England in 1976 to study at York University and became a British citizen in 1983. She finished second in the 1984 New York Marathon, with 2:33:58. A three-time winner of the Houston Marathon, she first won the event in 1985 with a time of 2:31:16. Later that year, she broke the British record for the first time in the 1985 Chicago Marathon, running 2:28:04.

In 1986, she retained her Houston Marathon title before failing to finish at the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart. At the 1987 World Championships in Rome, she finished 22nd. She earned selection for the 1988 Olympic Games but was forced to withdraw from the team due to injury.

1989 began with Marot winning the Houston Marathon for the third time. Then in April, she won the 1989 London Marathon in 2.25.56, a time which stood as a British record for 13 years until beaten by Paula Radcliffe in 2002. Marot (as of 2014) still ranks third on the UK all-time list behind Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi. She is also two-time winner of the Around the Bay Road Race in Ontario (1991, 1992) and finished 16th in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic marathon with 2:42:55.

She is president of Leeds City AC.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United Kingdom
1981 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 9th Marathon 2:46:51
1983 New York City Marathon New York, United States 7th Marathon 2:36:24
1984 New York City Marathon New York, United States 2nd Marathon 2:33:58
1985 Reading Half Marathon Reading, United Kingdom 1st Half marathon 1:12:56[1]
Houston Marathon Houston, United States 3rd Marathon 2:31:16
World Cup Marathon Hiroshima, Japan 8th Marathon 2:37:05
London Marathon London, United Kingdom 9th Marathon 2:35:12
Bolton Marathon Bolton, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:42:01
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 5th Marathon 2:28:04
1986 Houston Marathon Houston, United States 1st Marathon 2:31:33
London Marathon London, United Kingdom Marathon DNF
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany Marathon DNF
1987 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 3rd Marathon 2:30:15
World Championships Rome, Italy 22nd Marathon 2:45:02
1988 Humber Bridge Marathon United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:38:25
Columbus Marathon Columbus, Ohio, United States 3rd Marathon 2:33:36
1989 Houston Marathon Houston, United States 1st Marathon 2:30:16
London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:25:56
1990 New York City Marathon New York, United States 11th Marathon 2:38:40
1991 Houston Marathon Houston, United States 1st Marathon 2:30:55
World Championships Tokyo, Japan Marathon DNF
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 16th Marathon 2:42:55

Note: In 1985 Marot ran the London Marathon just 8 days after running in the World Cup Marathon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stan Eldon. "Reading Half Marathon". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 

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