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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Marathon

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 12, 1984
Date Finished: August 12, 1984
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.

Gold: POR Carlos Lopes
Silver: IRL John Treacy
Bronze: GBR Charlie Spedding

Summary

The three top marathon runners between 1980 and 1984 were Australia's Rob de Castella, America's Alberto Salazar, and Japan's Toshihiko Seko. Salazar had won the New York Marathon in 1980, 1981, and 1982, and won Boston in 1981. His 1981 New York win in 2-08:12.7 appeared to be a world record but the course, on re-measurement, was found to be slightly short of the full marathon distance. That same year de Castella won Fukuoka in 2-08:18 and that time did become a world record for the marathon. He had also won the marathon at the first Athletics World Championships in 1983. Seko would have been a favorite in 1980, but Japan joined the American boycott of Moskva, and he could not run. In 1981 Seko won the Boston Marathon, and he had won four Fukuoka titles between 1979 and 1983.

The Olympic marathon course started at Santa Monica City College and ran thru Los Angeles, finishing at the LA Coliseum on the track. The race started at 5 PM and was run in warm sun throughout. Salazar, de Castella, and Seko all came to the starting line, but none of them figured among the leaders during the race. It was eventually won by the Portuguese Carlos Lopes. Lopes had been a top 10K track runner and in 1983 had won the International Cross-Country Championship at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. He had only once before finished a marathon, that in Rotterdam in 1983. In 1985, he would return to Rotterdam and set a world marathon best of 2-07:12. The other medalists were from the British Isles, with Ireland's John Treacy winning the silver medal and Britain's Charles Spedding the bronze. De Castella finished fifth, Seko 14th, and Salazar 15th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Carlos Lopes 37 Portugal POR Gold 2-09:21 OB
2 John Treacy 27 Ireland IRL Silver 2-09:56
3 Charlie Spedding 32 Great Britain GBR Bronze 2-09:58
4 Takeshi So 31 Japan JPN 2-10:55
5 Rob de Castella 27 Australia AUS 2-11:09
6 Juma Ikangaa 27 Tanzania TAN 2-11:10
7 Joseph Nzau 32 Kenya KEN 2-11:28
8 Djama Robleh 25 Djibouti DJI 2-11:39
9 Jerry Kiernan 31 Ireland IRL 2-12:20
10 Rod Dixon 34 New Zealand NZL 2-12:57
11 Pete Pfitzinger 26 United States USA 2-13:53
12 Hugh Jones 28 Great Britain GBR 2-13:57
13 Jorge González 31 Puerto Rico PUR 2-14:00
14 Toshihiko Seko 28 Japan JPN 2-14:13
15 Alberto Salazar 25 United States USA 2-14:19
16 Mehmet Terzi 29 Turkey TUR 2-14:20
17 Shigeru So 31 Japan JPN 2-14:38
18 Ralf Salzmann 29 West Germany FRG 2-15:29
19 Henrik Jørgensen 22 Denmark DEN 2-15:55
20 Ahmed Salah 27 Djibouti DJI 2-15:59
21 Agapius Amo 21 Tanzania TAN 2-16:25
22 Gidamis Shahanga 26 Tanzania TAN 2-16:27
23 Eloi Schleder 33 Brazil BRA 2-16:35
24 Karel Lismont 35 Belgium BEL 2-17:07
25 Allan Zachariasen 28 Denmark DEN 2-17:10
26 Mikhail Koussis 30 Greece GRE 2-17:38
27 Pertti Tiainen 29 Finland FIN 2-17:43
28 Alain Lazare 32 France FRA 2-17:52
29 Vincent Ruguga 24 Uganda UGA 2-17:54
30 Armand Parmentier 30 Belgium BEL 2-18:10
31 César Mercado 24 Puerto Rico PUR 2-19:09
32 Omar Abdillahi Charmarke Djibouti DJI 2-19:11
33 Øivind Dahl 33 Norway NOR 2-19:28
34 Derek Froude 25 New Zealand NZL 2-19:44
35 Giovanni D'Aleo 25 Italy ITA 2-20:12
36 Jesús Herrera 22 Mexico MEX 2-20:33
37 Lee Hong-Yeol 23 South Korea KOR 2-20:56
38 Juan Camacho 25 Bolivia BOL 2-21:04
39 Cor Vriend 34 Netherlands NED 2-21:08
40 Frans Ntaole 33 Lesotho LES 2-21:09
41 Johan Geirnaert 33 Belgium BEL 2-21:35
42 Jacky Boxberger 35 France FRA 2-22:00
43 Marco Marchei 29 Italy ITA 2-22:38
44 Art Boileau 26 Canada CAN 2-22:43
45 Sam Hlawe 32 Swaziland SWZ 2-22:45
46 Baikuntha Manandhar 31 Nepal NEP 2-22:51
47 Ahmed Mohamed Ismail 20 Somalia SOM 2-23:27
48 Chae Hong-Nak 23 South Korea KOR 2-23:33
49 Joseph Otieno 26 Kenya KEN 2-24:13
50 Bruno Lafranchi 29 Switzerland SUI 2-24:38
51 Dick Hooper 27 Ireland IRL 2-24:41
52 Derrick Adamson 26 Jamaica JAM 2-25:02
53 Claudio Cabán 20 Puerto Rico PUR 2-27:16
54 Marc Agosta 36 Luxembourg LUX 2-27:41
55 Wilson Theleso 24 Botswana BOT 2-29:20
56 Alejandro Silva 26 Chile CHI 2-29:53
57 Chen Chang-Ming 28 Chinese Taipei TPE 2-29:57
58 Kim Won-Sik 21 South Korea KOR 2-30:57
59 Rubén Aguiar 28 Argentina ARG 2-31:18
60 Shem-Tov Sabag 25 Israel ISR 2-31:34
61 Vincent Rakabaele 35 Lesotho LES 2-32:15
62 Marios Kassianidis 29 Cyprus CYP 2-32:51
63 Arjun Pandit 25 Nepal NEP 2-32:53
64 Ismael Mahmoud Ghassab 23 Jordan JOR 2-33:30
65 Alain Bordeleau 27 Canada CAN 2-34:27
66 Tau John Tokwepota 28 Papua New Guinea PNG 2-36:36
67 Patric Nyambariro-Nhauro 26 Zimbabwe ZIM 2-37:18
68 Kimurgor Ngeny 33 Kenya KEN 2-37:19
69 Amiri Yadav 25 Nepal NEP 2-38:10
70 Adolphe Ambowodé 26 Central African Republic CAF 2-41:26
71 Carlos Ávila 32 Honduras HON 2-42:03
72 Jules Randrianarivelo 27 Madagascar MAD 2-43:05
73 Abdul Lahij Ahmed Somalia SOM 2-44:39
74 George Mambosasa 20 Malawi MAW 2-46:14
75 Marlon Williams 27 United States Virgin Islands ISV 2-46:50
76 Johnson Mbangiwa 28 Botswana BOT 2-48:12
77 Leonardo Illut 27 Philippines PHI 2-49:39
78 Dieudonné Lamothe 30 Haiti HAI 2-52:18
AC Dave Edge 29 Canada CAN DNF
AC Cidálio Caetano 32 Portugal POR DNF
AC Santiago de la Parte 35 Spain ESP DNF
AC Kjell-Erik Ståhl 38 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Rodolfo Gómez 33 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Gerard Nijboer 28 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Geoff Smith 30 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Stig Roar Husby 29 Norway NOR DNF
AC Gerhard Hartmann 29 Austria AUT DNF
AC Ahmet Altun 26 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Domingo Tibaduiza 33 Colombia COL DNF
AC Ronaldo Lanzoni 24 Costa Rica CRC DNF
AC Delfim Moreira 28 Portugal POR DNF
AC Matthews Kambale 31 Malawi MAW DNF
AC Wilson Achia 25 Uganda UGA DNF
AC Mehmet Yurdadön 30 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Omar Aguilar 24 Chile CHI DNF
AC Cor Lambregts 26 Netherlands NED DNF
AC John Tuttle 25 United States USA DNF
AC Tommy Lazarus 21 Zimbabwe ZIM DNF
AC Miguel Angel Cruz 28 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Bigboy Matlapeng 26 Botswana BOT DNF
AC Nimley Twegbe 20 Liberia LBR DNF
AC Juan Carlos Traspaderne 28 Spain ESP DNF
AC Filippos Filippou 27 Cyprus CYP DNF
AC Tommy Persson 29 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Masini Situ-Kumbanga 28 Congo (Kinshasa) COD DNF
AC Awadh Al-Sameer 23 Oman OMA DNF
AC Ibrahim Al-Taher Qatar QAT DNF