My recollection of the Ruiz story at Boston is that the 2nd placed woman (ie. the REAL winner) was a Canadian woman. However it did not become apparent that Ruiz had cheated for a few days, having accepted the winners laurel wreath and trophy in the meantime, and the Canadian woman returned home. The Boston Athletic Association, once they realised what had happened, gave the Canadian woman her rightful winnings. But to be honest, it must have been a real letdown to have missed out on all the atmosphere and adulation at the time.
It seems, however, that Ruiz was an unintentional ambassador for Women's running. As a result of her cheating, women winners of the Boston Marathon would be given medals the same size as the male winner. From Wikipedia:
Gareau was awarded a winner's medal at a press conference
over a week after the marathon, after jogging 20 yards and breaking a mock finish-line tape. Her medal was bigger than the one that Ruiz had originally received, equal in size to the larger men's medal. Since the 1980 race, women and men have been awarded medals equal in size. In 2005
, Gareau served as Grand Marshal of the Boston Marathon, and in a special ceremony was allowed to recreate her finish and break the tape.
When looking at this video, it's hard to believe Rosie got away with it at all! She didn't even know what speedwork was.
Edited by maryclaire, 21 October 2011 - 03:06 PM.