7. Fatuma Roba
Fatuma Roba is an Ethiopian long-distance runner from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, most known for being the first African woman to win a gold medal in the women’s Olympic marathon race at the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics. She finished fourth at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics. Roba also won three straight Boston Marathons from 1997–1999, earning her the nickname “Our Lady of Boston”. The three-time Boston champion narrowly missed a fourth straight title in 2000, coming in third in the closest finish in race history. She also won the Rome City Marathon in 1996, the Portugal Half Marathon in 2001 and the Nagano Olympic Commemorative Marathon in 2004.