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Rosie Ruiz
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Athlete
    (1953- )
    Won the 1980 Boston Marathon
    Was disqualified for cheating (April 21, 1980)
    Witnesses reported that Ruiz had jumped into the crowd of runners during the last mile.
    Other witnesses reported that during the 1979 New York marathon, Ruiz had sprained her ankle and then ridden a subway to the finish line.
    She has refused to give back the medal she won for winning the Boston Marathon.
    She was arrested and spent a week in jail for stealing $60,000 in cash and checks from her employer (April 19, 1982).
    She spent 23 days in jail after trying to sell cocaine to undercover agents (1984).
    She is better remembered than actual winner Jacqueline Gareau.
    Gareau was awarded a larger medal than Ruiz, one equal in size to the men's medal. Ever since 1980, the men's and women's medals have been the same size.
    Her finish at the New York marathon may not have been deliberate cheating, but a result of volunteers at the first aid station mistakenly recording her as a finisher.
    She insists she really finished both marathons and has rejected deals to write a book admitting to cheating.

Credit: C. Fishel


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