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Colleen De Reuck

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Name: Colleen De Reuk

Age: 51

Country of Origin: USA

 

One of the best runners ever produced in South Africa, the former Colleen Lindeque won ten SA titles on the road and her national marathon record of 2:26:35, run in Berlin, has been standing for nineteen years. She also holds the SA record for 20 km (65:11, a world best at the time) and has the fastest time for 25 km (87:26a).

She won the SA half-marathon title four years in a row (1986-89), with a national record of 68:38 in 1989, and in two of these years she also took the 15 km title. She also won two titles in the 10000 m on the track and one in cross-country.

Her rivalry with Elana Meyer was one of the greatest in the history of the sport. On the all-time lists they own the top 35 times in the 10 km (and 45 of the top 50), the top 21 times in the half marathon (and 37 of the top 50) and the top nine times in the marathon (and 20 of the top 30). She represented South Africa in all three disciplines of athletics: in the Olympic Games Marathon (1992 & 2000), World Half Marathon (1992 & 1995), World XC Championships (1993 & 1996), Olympic 10000 m (1996) and World Championships 10000 m (1997).

She became a US citizen in December 2000 and, at the age of 40, represented her new country in the 2004 Olympic Marathon. She was SA Female Athlete of the Year in 1997. (Because of lack of space, only the very big highlights of her earlier career – before 2011 – are given here.)

Marathon PB:                2:26:35, Berlin marathon 1996 (SA record)

2016:                           67th in US Olympic Marathon Trials (also US Championships)  (2:49:57)

                                  3rd vet (1st master) in Aramco Half Marathon (77:25)

2015:                           1st vet in USA XC Championships 6 km (22:26)

                                  3rd in Houston Half Marathon (open race) (77:57)

2014:                           3rd vet in USA XC Championships 6 km (22:46)

                                  5th in Denver Half Marathon (82:59)

                                  2nd vet in Peachtree 10 km (35:13a)

2013:                           1st in Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (2:39:25) & 1st in Sunrise Stampede 10 km (37:20)

                                  5th in Los Angeles marathon (2:41:25a)

2012:                           10th in Cherry Blossom 10 miles (58:14)

                                  35th in US Olympic Marathon Trials (2:38:52)

2011:                           38th in World Championships Marathon (2:44:35)

                                  1st in US Masters Championships 8 km (28:47)

                                  1st in Aramco Half Marathon (76:19)

Other performances:     

1st in USA Masters XC Championships 8 km 2010 (27:27); 13th in Chicago Marathon 2010 (2:34:12); 1st in Copenhagen Marathon 2010 (2:30:51); 8th in Boston Marathon 2009 (2:35:37a); 6th in Chicago Marathon 2008 (2:32:25); 33rd in World XC Championships 8 km 2006 (27:07); 2nd in USA XC Championships 7.9 km 2006 (26:49); 13th World XC Championships 8 km 2005 (27:51); 1st in USA XC Championships 8 km 2005 (27:24); 1st in Fifth Third River Bank 25 km 2005 (85:15; US open & veterans title); 4th in Chicago Marathon 2005 (2:28:40); 39th in Olympic Games Marathon 2004 (2:46:30a); 1st in USA Olympic Marathon Trials 2004 (2:28:25); 8th in World XC Championships 8 km 2003 (26:49); 1st in USA Half Marathon 2003 (70:00a); 2nd in USA Marathon 2003 (2:37:41); 2nd in USA XC Championships 8 km 2003 (29:42); 3rd in World XC Championships 8 km 2002 (27:17); scored nine road wins in 2002, among them New Haven 20 km (67:53), Quad City Times Bix 11.3 km (37:44) & Lilac Bloomsday 12 km (38:53); 1st in USA 8 km 2001 (26:16); 31st in Olympic Games Marathon 2000 (2:36:48a); scored eleven road wins in 2000, among them Quad City Times Bix 11.3 km (36:42), Spar 10 km (Durban) (31:38), Steamboat Classic 4 miles (20:05) & Bay to Breakers 12 km (38:42a); 4th in Chicago Marathon (2:27:30) & Boston Marathon 1999 (2:27:54a); 15th in World XC Championships 8 km 1998 (26:51); 2nd in Chicago Marathon 1998 (2:27:04); 5th in Boston Marathon 1998 (2:29:43a); 1st in New Haven 20 km 1998 (65:11); 8th in World Championships 10000 m 1997 (32:03.81); 2nd in New York Marathon 1997 (2:29:11a); 3rd in Boston Marathon 1997 (2:28:03a); 5th in World XC Championships 6.3 km 1996 (20:21); 13th in Olympic Games 10000 m 1996 (32:14.69); 1st in SA T&F Championships 10000 m 1996 (31:56.00); 1st in Berlin Marathon 1996 (2:26:35 SA rec); 4th in World Half Marathon 1995 (70:34); 1st in Honolulu Marathon 1995 (2:37:29); 2nd in World Half Marathon 1992 (71:46); 9th in Olympic Games Marathon 1992 (2:39:03); 1st in four SA Championships in 1992: marathon (2:31:21 on debut), half marathon (76:14), track 10000 m (33:57.16) & cross-country 6 km (19:53); 2nd in SA 15 km (48:19) & Half Marathon 1991 (71:36); 2nd in SA 15 km (49:11) & SA Half Marathon 1990 (72:18); 1st in SA Half Marathon 1989 (68:38); 1st in SA 15 km 1988 (50:15); 1st in SA Half Marathon 1988 (71:22); 1st in SA 15 km (49:26) & SA Half Marathon 1987 (73:42); 2nd in SA 10 km 1987 (35:15); 1st in SA Half Marathon (71:33) & SA 10 km 1986 (35:17); 4th in SA 15 km 1986 (54:54); 2nd in SA 15 km (52:22) & SA Half Marathon 1985 (75:25); 9th in SA 10 km (1985 (36:29); 1st in SA 15 km 1984 (51:02); 4th in SA 10 km (35:50) & SA Half Marathon 1984 (78:34); 6th in SA 10 km 1981 (36:19)

Other PBs:                   

15:20 (1994), 31:16a (1996), 48:19 (1991), 65:11 (1998), 68:38 (1989), 85:15 (2005); 10 km PB on a standard course: 31:29 (1997); track: 9:01.12 (1993), 15:24.77, 31:56.00 (both 1996)

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