The Norwegian is famous for dominating two events – the New York City Marathon and World Cross Country Championships.
Debuting in 1978 in Glasgow, she won by half a minute. The following year in Limerick the gap was 26 seconds, but in 1980 in Paris it was a record 44 seconds – astonishing when the race was less than 5km!
She easily won again in Madrid in 1981 but was outkicked in 1982, finishing a close third as Maricica Puica took gold, before the Norwegian took gold again in Gateshead in 1983.
After finishing runner-up to Zola Budd in 1986 the American was a consistent top six placer in each of the next three years.
In 1990, she hit the form of her life and enjoyed a clear win in Aix-les-Bains. The 1991 race was tougher as she just outkicked by Derartu Tulu and Liz McColgan, whereas in 1992 she out-sprinted Ireland’s Catherina McKiernan in the last 80m to take her third world title.
The Ethiopian debuted with junior top 10 places in 1990 and 1991 before a modest senior debut of 34th in 1994. Improving to fifth in 1995, thereafter she was ultra-consistent.
She won in Stellenbosch in 1996 and was third in 1997 and 1998 before regaining her title with a clear win in Belfast in 1999.
In Ostend in 2001 she lost an epic race with Paula Radcliffe but the following day she won the short course title a second up on Radcliffe for her seventh successive medal.
At her peak, the bespectacled American dominated the International event, winning every year from 1967 to 1971 – and it’s worth noting that there was no International event from 1958 to 1966. This included paying her own way to get to Barry in Wales in 1967, where she won by 37 seconds.
Later she competed four times in the IAAF World Championships from 1973 to 1977 and won team medals each time.
The Ethiopian debuted with a fifth in the junior race in 2001 but went on to win the under-20 title in Lausanne in 2003.
In 2005 she took her first senior crowns, winning a short and long course double gold in France. She regained the longcourse title in 2006 in Fukuoka, was second in Mombasa in 2007 to Lornah Kiplagat and won again in 2008 in Edinburgh.
Honourable mentions: Edith Masai (1) had three short-course wins, Derartu Tulu (2) won three world long-course golds, Vivian Cheruiyot won the junior title in 2000 and senior title in 2011. Double winners included Paala Cacchi, Carmen Valero, Maricica Puica, Zola Budd, Annette Sergent, Paula Radcliffe and Emily Chebet (3).
Lynn Jennings (right) with Doris Brown