Deena Kastor Mammoth Lakes, California
Qualifying Performance: 2:19:36
- 10,000m: 20:52.32 (2002)
- Half Marathon: 1:07:34 (2006)
- Marathon: 2:19:36 (2006)
2:19:36 London (2006)
Previous Olympic Team Trials Marathon Performance:
03Apr04 St. Louis 2nd 2:29:38
Olympic Team Trials Track Performances:
16Jul04 10,000 meters 1st 31:09.65 (MR) 14Jul00 10,000 meters 1st 31:51.05 (MR)
22Aug04 Marathon 3rd 2:27:20 27Sep00 10,000 meters (qualifying round) 18th 34:40.86
World Marathon Majors Performances:
16Apr07 Boston Marathon 5th 2:35:09 (1st in USA Championship) 05Nov06 ING New York City Marathon 6th 2:27:54 23Apr06 Flora London Marathon 1st 2:19:36 (AR) 09Oct05 The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon 1st 2:21:25 22Aug04 Olympic Games Marathon 3rd 2:27:20 13Apr03 Flora London Marathon 3rd 2:21:16 (AR) 13Oct02 The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon 6th 2:26:53 04Nov01 New York City Marathon 7th 2:26:58
As Deena Drossin she first attracted attention as a high school freshman when she finished 11th in the Kinney National Cross Country Championships. Her extensive performance portfolio now includes 24 U.S. national titles in cross country, track, and on the roads. She set a U.S. record for 10,000m (30:50.32) in 2002 and has other track personal bests of 4:07.82 in the 1500m, 8:42.59 in the 3,000m, and 14:51.62 in the 5,000m (all set in 2000). Kastor was recognized as the recipient of the 2003 Jesse Owens Award as USA Track & Field’s most outstanding woman athlete. Her first marathon in New York in 2001 was an American debut record and after another 2:26 in Chicago, made a major breakthrough with an American record 2:21:16 for third at London in 2003. Leading up to that race, she won her fourth consecutive U.S. 15K road race title in 47:15, bettering her own American record of 48:12 set at the 2002 Championships, and won the silver medal at the World Cross Country Championships for the second consecutive year. Kastor ran an expertly judged race to earn a bronze medal in the Athens Olympic marathon in 2004, the first U.S. medal at the event since Joan Benoit’s inaugural win in 1984. She followed that up in 2005 with her first World Marathon Majors win in Chicago. In 2006 Kastor broke her own U.S. record with a 1:07:34 at the Berlin Half Marathon before winning her second consecutive World Marathon Major in London, setting a new U.S. marathon record (2:19:36). She placed fifth overall, and first in the USA Women’s Marathon Championship, at the 2007 Boston Marathon.
Kastor was born in Waltham, MA, grew up in Agoura Hills, CA, and went to the University of Arkansas, where she received her degree in English/creative writing and journalism in 1996. She is coached by Terrence Mahon and married Andrew Kastor, who is also her physical therapist (and a 3:55 1500m runner), in September 2003.