Norway's running queen Grete Waitz has been honoured by King Harald with the Royal Norwegian order of St.Olav First Class, for being an important role model.
- This means very much to me. It is great, she said.
Only two others from the ranks of sport have received this high honour, namely Olympic Queen Sonja Henie and footballer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Grete Waitz' greatest achievements are probably her nine wins in the prestigious New York Marathon, her Marathon World Championship victory in 1983 and her Olympic silver from the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.