UPDATE: Marathon runner Arien O’Connell will be a winner after all: UT, Nike fudges, recognizes fastest marathon runner as “a” winner…

Nike fudges, recognizes fastest marathon runner as “a” winner – by C.W. Nevius, Chronicle Staff Writer – Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Marathon runner Arien O’Connell will be a winner after all.

From Heroes

O’Connell ran the fastest time in last Sunday’s Nike Women’s Marathon, but when she finished she was told she couldn’t be awarded first place because she hadn’t run in the “elite” women’s group, which was given a 20-minute head start.

O’Connell said she was contacted early this morning by a Nike representative who said they were going to award her a trophy and recognize her as a winner.

From Heroes

Not the winner – “a” winner. Notice the distinction…

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At Women’s Marathon, fastest time didn’t win – by C.W. Nevius – Tuesday, October 21, 2008

There were over 20,000 competitors in Sunday’s Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. And 24-year-old Arien O’Connell, a fifth-grade teacher from New York City, ran the fastest time of any of the women.

But she didn’t win.

From Heroes

It doesn’t get much simpler than a footrace. All it takes is a starting line, a finish line and a clock. You fire the gun and the first person to the end of the course is the winner.

However, as the marathon officials said to O’Connell – not so fast…

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