Who is Arien O’Connell?
Arien O’Connell is a female runner who posted the fastest time at the 2008 Nike Women’s Marathon, beating her nearest competitor by over 11 minutes.
Why is she in the news?
Despite her time, she was not declared the winner. She was excluded because she did not register as an elite runner. The decision has sparked an outcry of unfairness, but Nike holds firm in its decision. O’Connell herself is happy, since the time was fantastic by any standard and her personal best time.