92-year-old becomes oldest woman to finish marathon

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92-Year-Old Could Become Oldest Woman to Finish a Marathon

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 92-year-old cancer survivor has rocked her way into the record books, becoming the oldest woman to finish a marathon.

Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, completed Sunday's Rock 'n' roll Marathon in San Diego in a little more than 7 hours and 24 minutes.

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 01: 91 year old Marathon participant Harriette Thompson (L) participates in the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 01: 91 year old Marathon Participant Harriette Thompson participates in the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. Harriette beat the world record for her age group and is the 2nd oldest marathon finisher. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 01: 91 year old Marathon Participant Harriette Thompson participates in the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. Harriette beat the world record for her age group and is the 2nd oldest marathon finisher. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 01: 91 year old Marathon Participant Harriette Thompson participates in the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. Harriette beat the world record for her age group and is the 2nd oldest marathon finisher. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 01: 91 year old Marathon Participant Harriette Thompson participates in the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. Harriette beat the world record for her age group and is the 2nd oldest marathon finisher. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 01: 91 year old Marathon participant Harriette Thompson participates in the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. Harriette beat the world record for her age group and is the 2nd oldest marathon finisher. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 01: 91 year old Marathon Participant Harriette Thompson and Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi participate in the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. Harriette beat the world record for her age group and is the 2nd oldest marathon finisher. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Sydnor Thompson, age 90, kisses his wife, Harriette Thompson, age 91, while reenacting the Times Square Kiss photo, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, to mark the 69-Anniversary of the end of World War Two and victory over Japan on August 14, 2014 in Times Square in New York City. A statue reenacting the famous photo was also unveiled at the event, which was organized by The Spirit of '45. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Sydnor Thompson, age 90, kisses his wife, Harriette Thompson, age 91, while reenacting the Times Square Kiss photo, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, to mark the 69-Anniversary of the end of World War Two and victory over Japan on August 14, 2014 in Times Square in New York City. A statue reenacting the famous photo was also unveiled at the event, which was organized by The Spirit of '45. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 01: 91 year old Marathon runner Harriette Thompson and Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi participate in the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on June 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. Harriette beat the world record for her age group and is the 2nd oldest marathon finisher. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series)
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Marathon spokesman Dan Cruz says she looked strong at the finish.

The oldest woman to previously complete a marathon was Gladys Burrill, who was 92 years and 19 days old when she finished the 2010 Honolulu Marathon.

Thompson is 92 years and 65 days old, according to race organizers.


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