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China’s Greatest Distance Runner – Bai Xue

Bai Xue wins the gold medal in the marathon at the World Championships

Bai Xue won both the 5000 and the 10,000 meters at the 2005 Asian Championships, and finished fourth in 10,000 m at the 2006 Junior World Championships. She finished twenty-first in the 10,000 meters at the Olympic Games.   Bai won the Beijing Marathon in 2008.

The Berlin 2009 Marathon event was Bai’s first time to take part in World Championships and only the second time to take part in an international marathon. She won the 2009 World Championships Women’s Marathon gold medal becoming the youngest woman to win the world marathon champion at the age of 20.

Bai Xue became the first Chinese athlete to win a marathon race at the World Championships. It was also the first gold medal for China in any event in Berlin, taking its medal tally to 1-1-2. And it was also the first gold in 10 years for Chinese women athletes’ at the world championships.

Bai Xue of China (L) celebrates in front of the Brandenburg Gate with compatriot Zhou Chunxiu (R) as she won in the women's marathon at the world athletics championships in Berlin August 23, 2009. Xue won with a time of 2,25.15 ahead of second placed Yoshimi Ozaki of Japan and third placed Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia.

Her personal best times are:

  • 1500 meters- 4:24.51 min (2004)
  • 3000 meters- 9:16.32 min (2004)
  • 5000 meters – 15:09.84 min (2007)
  • 10,000 meters – 31:28.88 min (2005)
  • Marathon – 2:23.27 hrs (2008)
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November 20, 2009 - Posted by | Profiles, Running on the Big Island | , , , ,

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