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Boston Marathon Cheater Rosie Ruiz On April 21, 1980 unheralded Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line in the prestigious Boston Marathon. Her apparent victory in record time was immediately suspicious. First, everyone assumed Jacqueline Gareau was the leading female. Nobody saw Gareau lose the lead in the race at anytime after the eighth mile. Furthermore, Ruiz's running shoes were barely scuffed and she was hardly perspiring in the unseasonably warm weather. Two Harvard University students signed affidavits stating they saw Ruiz illegally enter the course just a few hundred yards from the finish line. Ruiz denied the accusations and maintained she had run unnoticed among a pack of male runners. Few people believed her story and she was subsequently disqualified after an investigation. To this day Ruiz has stubbornly refused to return her winner's medal, so Gareau was given a larger medal. Twenty five years later Gareau was ceremoniously allowed to break the tape--a thrill that Ruiz deprived her from experiencing in 1980. Ruiz had qualified to run in Boston by finishing the 1979 New York City Marathon with a decent time, but investigators discovered she had cheated there too. (She left the course after a few hundred yards, took a subway train to an area near the finish line, illegally re-entered the race and finished 26th.) Ruiz promised to prove her innocence by winning the 1980 New York City Marathon. She never showed up.
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Added: 30th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Classico on 2007-11-30 
CHEATER!!
Posted by: Babs64 on 2007-11-30 
Besides cheating in both marathons she continued to show her complete lack of character even after she was stripped of her title. Shortly after the race, she was fired from her job at Metal Traders, Inc. in NY. In 1982, she was arrested and briefly jailed for stealing $60,000 in cash and checks from a Manhattan real estate firm where she was employed. She spent a week in jail and was given five years' probation. Nineteen months later, after moving home to Florida, she was arrested for arranging to sell two kilos of cocaine to undercover agents in Miami. She spent 23 days in jail and received two years probation.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-01 
When this scandal occurred, I remember a writer from Sports Illustrated lamenting that one of the charms of marathoning--the honor system by which most runners abided--would have to be abandoned. It was. Now marathon runners have computer-type chips on their shoes so they can be monitored at checkpoints. Sad but necessary.
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