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Alberto Salazar

Inducted: 2001, athlete

Born: August 7, 1958 - Havana, CU

Events
5,000 m - 13:11.93
10,000 m - 27:25.61
marathon - 2:08:13


Havana-born Alberto Salazar had his first running success at Wayland (Mass.) High School, before embarking on an outstanding career at the University of Oregon. While running for the Ducks under Hall of Fame coach Bill Dellinger, Salazar helped Oregon win the 1977 NCAA title. He was still in college when he moved up from running on the track to the formidable challenge of the marathon. In 1980, he won his first New York City Marathon in 2:09.41 -- a world-record debut at the time. The next two years, he repeated as winner of the New York City Marathon. His 1981 victory broke the 12-year-old world best with a 2:08.13 time but the race was found to be short. One of his most memorable victories came in the 1982 Boston Marathon when he and fellow American Dick Beardsley ran virtually stride for stride until Salazar's finishing kick brought him a course record of 2:08.52. As a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, Salazar placed 15th in the marathon. Though best remembered for his marathoning exploits, he also excelled on the track, setting American records in the 5000 (13:11.93) and the 10,000 (27:25.61). Overall, he set eight U.S. records and won a silver medal in the 1982 world cross country championships. Salazar was elected to the National Long Distance Running Hall of Fame in 2000. He has worked as a restaurateur, coach and advisor for Nike.

Records Held
American Record: 5,000 m - 13:11.93 (July 6, 1982 - )
American Record: 10,000 m - 27:25.61 (June 26, 1982 - )

Championships
1984 Olympics: marathon (15th)

Education
high school: Wayland (Wayland, Massachusetts), 1976
undergraduate: Oregon (Eugene, Oregon), 1981

Occupations
Coach
Running entrepreneur

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