Ingrid Kristiansen

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Date of Birth March 21, 1956
Place of Birth Norway
Age 64 years old
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Ingrid Kristiansen

Ingrid Kristiansen is a Norwegian former athlete. She was one of the best female long distance runners during the 1980s. She is a former world record holder in the 5000 metres, 10,000 metres and the marathon and was a World Champion on the track, roads and cross-country. Kristiansen was the first athlete to win World titles on all three surfaces. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, she finished fourth in the first women's Olympic marathon. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she dropped out of the 10,000 metres final while leading. Early in her career, she was also an elite cross country skier, winning several Norwegian titles and a European junior championship. Her world record in the 10000 m set in 1986 wasn't broken for 16 years. The time in her 1985 London Marathon 2:21.06 was the fastest marathon time for 13 years.

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About Ingrid Kristiansen

Long distance runner who was the 1987 World Champion in the 10,000 meter race, and has set numerous world records.

Before Fame

She was a European Junior Champion cross country skier as a youth, before focusing on running.


She just missed the podium at the 1984 Olympics, coming in fourth place in the marathon.

Family Life

She got married during her career, and has two children.


In 1985 she won the London Marathon, and set the new world record, besting a record previously held by Joan Benoit.

Information related to Ingrid Kristiansen

  • Norwegian female long-distance runners
  • London Marathon female winners
  • Norwegian female marathon runners
  • Chicago Marathon female winners
  • New York City Marathon female winners
  • Boston Marathon female winners
  • Sportspeople from Trondheim
  • Olympic athletes of Norway
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Latest information about Ingrid Kristiansen updated on January 22, 2021.

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