Picking the top U.S. women’s marathoner of all time is as easy as it was to pick the top man.
It’s Joan Benoit Samuelson, of course.
(For my rankings of the Top 10 men, a list headed by Frank Shorter, click here.)
And picking the Top Ten women is as hard as it was to pick the Top Ten men – but for a very different reason.
While men’s marathoning spans more than a century and two distinct eras – before and after the emergence of East Africans who rule the sport – women’s marathoning at the elite competitive level is barely 30...