An Illustrated History of Distance Running
By Mike Rosenbaum, About.com Guide
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Women go the distance
The 1928 women's Olympic 800-meter run
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When women first competed in Olympic track and field in 1928, the 800-meter run was the longest women's race. But the event went back on the shelf afterwards, not to return until 1960. The women's 1500-meter event was added in 1972, the 3000-meters in 1984 (replaced by a 5000-meter race in 1996) and the 10,000-meters in 1988.