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"Drossin has emerged as the dominant force in U.S. cross country competition and a tough competitor on the world stage. With a primary race tactic of going out with the leaders and holding on, Drossin has raced – and beaten – top international competition."

www.usatf.org (USA Track&Field)

Career Highlights:

2004 Olympic Games marathon bronze medalist; 2004 Olympic Trials Marathon runner-up, 2004 USA 10,000m champion; 2003 Jesse Owens Award winner; 2-time World Cross Country silver medalist (’02 & ‘03); 3-time USA 10,000m champion (‘00, ’01, ‘03); 2001 U.S. Marathon champion; 4-time USA 15 km champ; 6-time U.S. 8 km cross country champion; 2000 4 km XC champion; 8-time NCAA All-American

Kastor grabbed the bronze medal in the women’s marathon in a race that was nothing short of remarkable at the 2004 Olympic Games…it was just the second women’s marathon medal in Olympic history for an American, following Joan Benoit-Samuelson’s gold at the 1984 Olympic Games…she perfectly executed a marathon race plan that was tailored specifically for the brutally hot, sunny conditions…Kastor passed through the first 5 km in 28th place, in 17:19…as the sun went down, her pace picked up where she was 6th at 35 km (2:04:15) – and suddenly a medal was possible…two hours, 23 minutes and 25 seconds into the race, she overtook Elfenesh Alemu of Ethiopia to move into third-place for good…2003 was a big year for the former Deena Drossin, including a marriage and name change to Deena Kastor…she continued her dominance as America’s finest women’s distance runner by setting a new American record of 2:21:16 at the Flora London Marathon, bettering the 2:21:21 set by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson in winning the 1985 Chicago Marathon…earlier in 2003, she won her sixth USA Cross Country 8 km national title, and won the silver medal at the World Cross Country Championships for the second consecutive year…on March 8, 2003, Kastor also won her fourth consecutive U.S. 15 km road race title in 47:15, bettering her own American record of 48:12 set at the 2002 Championships…Kastor concluded the year winning the 2003 Jesse Owens Award as USA Track & Field’s most outstanding women…in 2002 she enjoyed one of the finest years ever for an American long distance runner…she set a world best road time at the Carlsbad 5000, won her fifth U.S. 8 km cross country title, placed second at the World Cross Country Championships to lead Team USA to the team silver medal, and set the American record in the 10,000 meters…