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Lynn Jennings

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Inducted: 2006, athlete

Born: July 1, 1960 - Princeton, New Jersey

Events
5,000 m - 15:07.92
10,000 m - 31:19.89


One of the most accomplished women's long distance runners in U.S. history, Jennings was a dominant force in cross country, both in the U.S. and internationally. Jennings has won more U.S. women's cross country titles than anyone in history with nine crowns over a 12-year span from 1985 to 1996. She won three consecutive women's world cross country championship titles from 1990 to 1992. She won the silver medal in that event in 1986 and the bronze medal in 1993. A three-time Olympian, Jennings won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. A four-time member of U.S. World Outdoor Championship teams, Jennings medaled at two World Indoor Championships, winning 5,000m bronze in 1993 and silver in 1995. Jennings won 10 U.S. Outdoor Champion titles (3,000m-1988, 1990/5,000m-1996, plus seven 10,000m titles), and set the women's world indoor 5,000m record of 15:22.64 in 1990. Her U.S. 10,000m record of 31:19.89 set in 1992 lasted for a decade.

Records Held
World Record (indoor): 5,000 m - 15:22.64 (January 7, 1990 - )
American Record: 10,000 m - 31:19.89 (August 7, 1992 - )

Championships
1992 Olympic Games: 10,000 m - 31:19.89 (3rd)
1990 World Cross Country Championships: 6,000 m - 19:21.00 (1st)
1991 World Cross Country Championships: 6,425 m - 20:24.00 (1st)
1992 World Cross Country Championships: 6,000 m - 21:16.00 (1st)
1993 World Indoor Championships: 5,000 m - 9:03.78 (3rd)
1995 World Indoor Championships: 5,000 m - 8:55.23 (3rd)
1985 USA Cross Country Championships: (1st)
1986 USA Indoor Championships: 2 mi. - 9:28 (1st)
1987 USA Cross Country Championships: (1st)
1987 USA Outdoor Championships: 10,000 m - 32:19.95 (1st)
1988 USA Cross Country Championships: (1st)
1988 USA Outdoor Championships: 3,000 m - 8:55.42
1989 USA Cross Country Championships: (1st)
1990 USA Cross Country Championships: (1st)
1991 USA Cross Country Championships: (1st)
1991 USA Outdoor Championships: 10,000 m - 32:45.88 (1st)
1992 Olympic Trials: 10,000 m - 32:55.96 (1st)
1992 USA Cross Country Championships: (1st)
1992 USA Outdoor Championships: 10,000 m - 32:55.96 (1st)
1993 USA Cross Country Championships: (1st)
1993 USA Indoor Championships: 3,000 m - 9:00.52 (1st)
1993 USA Outdoor Championships: 10,000 m - 31:57.83 (1st)
1995 USA Indoor Championships: 3,000 m - 8:57.62 (1st)
1995 USA Outdoor Championships: 10,000 m - 31:57.29 (1st)
1996 Olympic Trials: 5,000 m - 15:28.18 (1st)
1996 USA Cross Country Championships: (1st)
1997 USA Outdoor Championships: 10,000 m - 32:26.41 (1st)
1998 USA Outdoor Championships: 10,000 m - 34:09.86 (1st)

Education
high school: The Bromfield School (Harvard, Massachusetts), 1978
undergraduate: Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey), 1983

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