British Olympian Zola Budd is famous for running barefoot, 'tripping' Mary Decker and being South African.
However, all that controversy throughout her career also makes it easy to forget that she was a fantastic runner. Correction: is a fantastic runner.
She proved as much last Saturday as, despite now being 47, Budd proved she can still run at a high level at a race in North Carolina.
Budd was given a special invitation to the HBCU Challenge 5K race, a competition for college runners. But rather than turn up, smile politely, sign a few autographs and smile for the crowd before jogging round, she simply destroyed the field of 106 women half her age.
Budd, not running barefoot this time, won the race in a time of 17 minutes and 47 seconds, which saw her win by a whopping 50 seconds.
The time was well short of her previous world record over 5,000m - 14:48.07 – but was still more than enough for an easy victory.
"I haven’t been running under 18 minutes for quite a while so I'm please," she said.
Budd said she has been living in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for about five years since she moved from South Africa. She runs an elementary and middle school running program in Myrtle Beach and still does clinics in South Africa.
She was asked her advice for younger runners.
“Running is just a part of your life, not your (whole) life" Budd said. “Whatever happens, it’s fine. Just go along with the flow. Take the bad runs with the good runs. Make an experience of it. Don’t be too goal-oriented."