Deena Kastor

Deena Kastor, Deena Drossin born, ( born February 14, 1973 in Waltham, Massachusetts) is an American track and field athlete. The long-distance runner was 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon.

Sports career

Long-distance running

Deena Kastor made ​​initially attracted attention as a track and cross runner. Seven times she was on the long ( 1997-2003, 2007) and one on the short track (2000) U.S. champion in cross-country running. 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004, she was national champion in the 10,000 -meter run. Your U.S. record in the 10,000 m ( 30:50,32 min, Palo Alto, May 3, 2002) was in 2008 by Shalane Flanagan undercut her personal best over 5000 m ( 14:51,62 min, Stockholm, August 1, 2000 ) is the third-best a U.S. citizen.

In international championships her the big breakthrough, however, was initially denied. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney she failed the 10,000 m in the semifinals at the IAAF 1999 World Championships in Seville, the World Athletics Championships 2001 in Edmonton, it was about the same distance Eleventh and at the 2003 World Championships in Paris / Saint- Denis Twelfth. More success came at the World Cross Country Championships, where she took the silver medal in 2002 and 2003.

From 2000, she turned increasingly to the road running to and improved twice the U.S. record about 15 km to the current mark of 47:15 min ( Jacksonville, March 8, 2003).


In 2001, she was the total of the Seventh New York City Marathon U.S. champion in the marathon. In 2002, she finished sixth at the Chicago Marathon, and in 2003 she improved as a third party in the London Marathon the 17 years old record of Joan Benoit at 2:21:16 h, where they remained for more than five minutes under their personal best.

In a marathon, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, she won the bronze medal behind Mizuki Noguchi (JPN ) and Catherine Ndereba (KEN ).

In 2005, she broke out in Philadelphia with a time of 1:07:53 h 21 -year-old U.S. record in the half marathon by Joan Benoit. Shortly thereafter, she was first at the Chicago Marathon. This made her the first American woman since Kristy Johnston ( 1995 won at the same place ), which won at one of the world's major city marathons.

In 2006 she presented two more U.S. records: In Berlin Half Marathon in 1:07:34 h she was second behind Edith Masai, and the rainy London Marathon she sat in 2:19:36 hours with almost two minutes ahead of Lyudmila Petrova and Susan Chepkemei by.

In 2007 she became the Boston Marathon Fifth and overtook her second U.S. Marathon title. In 2008 she won the elimination race of the USA Track & Field Association for the 2008 Olympic Games, which took place the day before the Boston Marathon. In a marathon race in Beijing she had to give up after five kilometers, after a lot of pain had occurred in her right foot as the cause of a later fracture was determined.

In 2010 she reported back with a track record in the half marathon race of the Rock ' n ' Roll Arizona Marathon.


Deena Kastor is 1,63 m tall and weighs 47 kg. She grew up in Agoura Hills on, earned a degree in creative writing and journalism at the University of Arkansas and currently lives in Mammoth Lakes. They will start for the team of Asics and is coached by Terence Mahon. Since 2003 she is married to Andrew Kastor, who cared for as a physical therapist.