Ruth Frith achieved her Olympia dream before dying at 104

Nobody messed with Ruth. She threw weight around.

W100 superstar Ruth Frith died at age 104 three months ago. But for days, nobody seemed to care (outside this blog). Obituaries finally popped up, however, especially Down Under. Now comes the best story of all — on a Greek site. It says: “It was her perseverance and determination that created some of her life’s greatest moments at such old age. One of those was travelling to Greece for the first time and visiting Ancient Olympia in 2010.” Ruth is quoted as saying: “It was like a dream come true. Standing on that ground at Ancient Olympia, I just can’t describe how I felt. I felt so insignificant, humble. You just felt, ‘well, I am really nothing compared to the ground I’m standing on.'” The story went on: “The realisation of Ruth’s dream was made possible by Greek philanthropist Jovanna Fragouli after an anonymous Greek Australian made the nomination through” So what’s your ultimate wish — track or tourism-wise?
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May 15, 2014

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  1. Duncan Greenshields - May 15, 2014

    Not sure about the future but I’ll tell you about 1 running related wish of mine that has been granted. I’m a big fan of NZ runners … so many greats from such a small population. One of my great thrills has been to meet and chat with the 3 NZ “running knights” … Sir John Walker, Sir Peter Snell, and Sir Murray Halberg.

  2. Tommy Aunan - May 15, 2014

    Another NZ great is master runner Ron Robertson,who won IAAF World Master Athlete of the Year after tearing up the track in Sacramneto at the WMAs in 2011

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