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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Marathon

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: September 23, 1988
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

Gold: POR Rosa Mota
Silver: AUS Lisa Martin-Ondieki
Bronze: GDR Katrin Dörre-Heinig

Summary

The top women marathoners between 1984 and 1988 were Norway’s Grete Waitz and Ingrid Kristiansen and Portugal’s Rosa Mota. Kristiansen elected not to run the marathon at Seoul, choosing the 10,000 instead. Mota was not as heralded as Waitz, the first great female marathoner, but her overall marathon record in major championships is unsurpassed. She won the first World Championship in 1983 in Helsinki, won the European Championships in 1982, 1986, and 1990, and she eventually won every major city marathon except New York, at which she never competed.

During the Seoul race, Mota ran in the lead group throughout and never really trailed. Running with her for most of the race were two well-considered runners, Australia’s Lisa Martin and the GDR’s Katrin Dörre. The three were still together as they approache 40 km., but Mota surged slightly and opened a narrow gap. She was able to hold the lead, eventually defeating Martin by 13 seconds, with Dörre winning a bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Rosa Mota 30 Portugal POR Gold 2-25:40
2 Lisa Martin-Ondieki 28 Australia AUS Silver 2-25:53
3 Katrin Dörre-Heinig 26 East Germany GDR Bronze 2-26:21
4 Tetiana Polovynska 23 Soviet Union URS 2-27:05
5 Zhao Youfeng 23 China CHN 2-27:06
6 Laura Fogli 28 Italy ITA 2-27:49
7 Danièle Kaber 28 Luxembourg LUX 2-29:23
8 Maria Curatolo 24 Italy ITA 2-30:14
9 Zoya Ivanova 36 Soviet Union URS 2-30:25
10 Angela Pain 26 Great Britain GBR 2-30:51
11 Odette Lapierre 33 Canada CAN 2-30:56
12 Susan Tooby 27 Great Britain GBR 2-31:33
13 Karolina Szabó 26 Hungary HUN 2-32:26
14 Françoise Bonnet 31 France FRA 2-32:36
15 Lee Mi-Ok 30 South Korea KOR 2-32:51
16 Raisa Katyukova-Smekhnova 38 Soviet Union URS 2-33:19
17 Nancy Ditz 34 United States USA 2-33:42
18 Maria Rebélo-Lelut 32 France FRA 2-33:47
19 Jocelyne Villeton 34 France FRA 2-34:02
20 Conceição Ferreira 26 Portugal POR 2-34:23
21 Kerstin Preßler 26 West Germany FRG 2-34:26
22 Wanda Panfil 29 Poland POL 2-34:35
23 Antonella Bizioli 31 Italy ITA 2-34:38
24 Evy Palm 46 Sweden SWE 2-34:41
25 Eriko Asai 28 Japan JPN 2-34:41
26 Lizanne Bussières 27 Canada CAN 2-35:03
27 Gaby Wolf 27 West Germany FRG 2-35:11
28 Kumi Araki 22 Japan JPN 2-35:15
29 Misako Miyahara 26 Japan JPN 2-35:26
30 Zhong Huandi 21 China CHN 2-36:02
31 Ellen Rochefort 33 Canada CAN 2-36:44
32 Susan Crehan 32 Great Britain GBR 2-36:57
33 Lorraine Moller 33 New Zealand NZL 2-37:52
34 Carla Beurskens 36 Netherlands NED 2-37:52
35 Magda Ilands 38 Belgium BEL 2-38:02
36 Sissel Grottenberg 32 Norway NOR 2-38:17
37 Im Eun-Ju 27 South Korea KOR 2-38:21
38 Marcianne Mukamurenzi 28 Rwanda RWA 2-40.12
39 Margaret Groos 28 United States USA 2-40:59
40 Cathy O'Brien 21 United States USA 2-41:04
41 Tuija Toivonen-Jousimaa 29 Finland FIN 2-43:00
42 Sinikka Keskitalo 37 Finland FIN 2-43:00
43 Blanca Jaime 22 Mexico MEX 2-43.00
44 Angélica de Almeida 23 Brazil BRA 2-43:40
45 Ľudmila Melicherová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 2-43:56
46 Ailish Smyth 29 Ireland IRL 2-44:17
47 Genoveva Eichenmann 31 Switzerland SUI 2-44:37
48 Rosmarie Müller 30 Switzerland SUI 2-47:31
49 Pascaline Wangui 27 Kenya KEN 2-47:42
50 Apollinarie Nyinawabéra Rwanda RWA 2-49:18
51 Maryse Justin 29 Mauritius MRI 2-50:00
52 Michelle Bush 26 Cayman Islands CAY 2-51:30
53 María del Pilar 33 Guatemala GUA 2-51:33
54 Li Juan 19 China CHN 2-53:08
55 Linda Hunter 24 Zimbabwe ZIM 2-53:17
56 Lia Melis 28 Aruba ARU 2-53:24
57 Marie Murphy-Rollins 29 Ireland IRL 2-54:37
58 Kriscia García 24 El Salvador ESA 3-04:21
59 Julie Ogborn 30 Guam GUM 3-06:05
60 Raj Kumari Pandey 18 Nepal NEP 3-10:31
61 Menuka Rawat Nepal NEP 3-11:17
62 Arlene Vincent Mark 33 Grenada GRN 3-23:56
63 Lourdes Klitzkie 48 Guam GUM 3-25:32
64 Mariana Ysrael Guam GUM 3-42:23
AC Grete Andersen-Waitz 34 Norway NOR DNF
AC Agnes Pardaens 31 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Kim Mi-Gyeong 21 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Bente Moe 27 Norway NOR DNF
AC Mar Mar Min 30 Myanmar MYA DNF