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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Marathon

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: August 9, 1992
Date Finished: August 9, 1992
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

Gold: KOR Hwang Yeong-Jo
Silver: JPN Koichi Morishita
Bronze: GER Stephan Freigang

Summary

The 1992 men's Olympic marathon was very wide open as nobody had dominated the event in the preceding years. The Barcelona course was point-to-point, starting in Mataró, northeast of Barcelona, and finishing in the Olympic Stadium. The route followed the seacoast for the early part of the race. But the finish was brutal, ascending Montjuic, a small mountain in Barcelona where the Olympic Stadium was located. The rise was about 150 metres (480 feet), and came at the end of 42+ kilometers (26+ miles) of running.

The race started at 6:30 PM, but it was a bright, sunny day, with temperatures approaching 27° C. (80° F.). Because of the heat the pace was slow and the pack stayed together, with 30 runners still leading thru 20 km. The defending champion, Gelindo Bordin, was in that group, but dropped out shortly thereafter with a groin strain. By 30 km. the race had come down to a group of five – Kim Wan-Gi and Hwang Yeong-Jo, both of Korea, Koichi Morishita and Takeyuki Nakayama of Japan, and Germany's Stephan Freigang. This group would constitute the top four places, with Kim Wang-Gi dropping back eventually and finishing 28th. By 35 km. Hwang and Morishita had separated themselves and together to the base of Montjuic. Up the mountain, Hwang slowly pulled ahead and entered the stadium in the lead. He held on to win the gold medal, Morishita in second, 22 seconds back, and Freigang earning a bronze medal. The winning time, 2-13:23, was the slowest since 1968, and on a sea-level course, since Abebe Bikila's win in Roma in 1960.

The men's marathon finished just before the start of the Closing Ceremony. Because of the late start for the race, any runners finishing after 2-45, or at about 9:15 PM, could not finish in the main stadium, and the final runners to finish the race were re-directed to an alternate finish line on the warm-up track outside the Olympic Stadium.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Hwang Yeong-Jo 22 South Korea KOR Gold 2-13:23
2 Koichi Morishita 24 Japan JPN Silver 2-13:45
3 Stephan Freigang 24 Germany GER Bronze 2-14:00
4 Takeyuki Nakayama 32 Japan JPN 2-14:02
5 Salvatore Bettiol 30 Italy ITA 2-14:15
6 Salah Qoqaïche 25 Morocco MAR 2-14:25
7 Jan Huruk 32 Poland POL 2-14:32
8 Hiromi Taniguchi 32 Japan JPN 2-14:42
9 Diego García 30 Spain ESP 2-14:56
10 Kim Jae-Ryong 26 South Korea KOR 2-15:01
11 Harri Hänninen 28 Finland FIN 2-15:19
12 Steve Spence 30 United States USA 2-15:21
13 Ed Eyestone 31 United States USA 2-15:23
14 Boniface Merande 30 Kenya KEN 2-15:46
15 Bert van Vlaanderen 27 Netherlands NED 2-15:47
16 Rex Wilson 32 New Zealand NZL 2-15:51
17 Bob Kempainen 26 United States USA 2-15:53
18 Rodrigo Gavela 26 Spain ESP 2-16:23
19 Karel David 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 2-16:34
20 Leszek Bebło 26 Poland POL 2-16:38
21 Wiesław Perszke 32 Poland POL 2-16:38
22 Yakov Tolstikov 33 Unified Team EUN 2-17:04
23 Tena Negere 19 Ethiopia ETH 2-17:07
24 Osmiro Silva 30 Brazil BRA 2-17:16
25 Abel Mokibe 27 South Africa RSA 2-17:24
26 Rob de Castella 35 Australia AUS 2-17:44
27 Steve Brace 31 Great Britain GBR 2-17:49
28 Kim Wan-Gi 24 South Korea KOR 2-18:32
29 Isidro Rico 31 Mexico MEX 2-18:52
30 Ahmed Salah 35 Djibouti DJI 2-19:04
31 Dominique Chauvelier 35 France FRA 2-19:09
32 José Esteban Montiel 29 Spain ESP 2-19:15
33 Thabiso Moqhali 24 Lesotho LES 2-19:28
34 Juma Ikangaa 35 Tanzania TAN 2-19:34
35 Derek Froude 33 New Zealand NZL 2-19:37
36 Douglas Wakiihuri 28 Kenya KEN 2-19:38
37 Ibrahim Hussein 34 Kenya KEN 2-19:49
38 Gyula Borka 33 Hungary HUN 2-20:46
39 Dave Long 31 Great Britain GBR 2-20:51
40 Mirko Vindiš 28 Slovenia SLO 2-21:03
41 Paul Davies-Hale 30 Great Britain GBR 2-21:15
42 Elphas Ginindza 24 Swaziland SWZ 2-21:15
43 Rolando Vera 27 Ecuador ECU 2-21:30
44 Alessio Faustini 32 Italy ITA 2-21:37
45 Luis Soares 28 France FRA 2-21:57
46 Paul Kuété 19 Cameroon CMR 2-22:43
47 Helmut Schmuck 29 Austria AUT 2-23:38
48 Steve Moneghetti 29 Australia AUS 2-23:42
49 Konrad Dobler 35 Germany GER 2-23:44
50 Willy Kalombo 24 Congo (Kinshasa) COD 2-23:47
51 John Treacy 35 Ireland IRL 2-24:11
52 Herman Suizo 33 Philippines PHI 2-25:18
53 Kim Reynierse 31 Aruba ARU 2-25:31
54 Nelson Zamora 33 Uruguay URU 2-25:32
55 Danny Böltz 30 Switzerland SUI 2-25:50
56 Joseildo da Silva 27 Brazil BRA 2-26:00
57 Juan Camacho 33 Bolivia BOL 2-26:01
58 Cephas Matafi 21 Zimbabwe ZIM 2-26:17
59 Mohamed Salmi 28 Algeria ALG 2-26:56
60 Ildephonse Sehirwa Rwanda RWA 2-27:44
61 Zerehune Gizaw 27 Ethiopia ETH 2-28:25
62 Jaime Ojeda 28 Chile CHI 2-28:39
63 Smartex Tambala 26 Malawi MAW 2-29:02
64 Pascal Zilliox 30 France FRA 2-30:02
65 Luis López 43 Costa Rica CRC 2-30:26
66 Gian Luigi Macina 28 San Marino SMR 2-30:45
67 Abdou Manzo Niger NIG 2-31:15
68 Roland Wille 30 Liechtenstein LIE 2-31:32
69 Frank Kayele 28 Namibia NAM 2-31:41
70 Hari Bahadur Rokaya 26 Nepal NEP 2-32:26
71 Kuruppu Karunaratne 32 Sri Lanka SRI 2-32:26
72 Tommy Hughes 32 Ireland IRL 2-32:55
73 William Aguirre 29 Nicaragua NCA 2-34:18
74 Ferdinand Amadi 21 Central African Republic CAF 2-35:39
75 Mohamed Khamis Taher 32 Libya LBA 2-35:46
76 Dieudonné Lamothe 37 Haiti HAI 2-36:11
77 Myint Kan 26 Myanmar MYA 2-37:39
78 Calvin Dallas 40 United States Virgin Islands ISV 2-38:11
79 Saad Mubarak Ali 31 Bahrain BRN 2-39:19
80 Ryu Ok-Hyon 27 North Korea PRK 2-40:51
81 Alain Razahasoa 26 Madagascar MAD 2-41:41
82 Michael Lopeyok 30 Uganda UGA 2-42:54
83 Benjamin Keleketu 27 Botswana BOT 2-45:57
84 Moussa El-Hariri 25 Syria SYR 2-47:06
85 Lưu Văn Hùng 25 Vietnam VIE 2-56:42
86 Hussein Haleem 23 Maldives MDV 3-04:16
87 Pyambuugiin Tuul 33 Mongolia MGL 4-00:44
AC Talal Omar Abdillahi 25 Djibouti DJI DNF
AC Polin Belisle 26 Honduras HON DNF
AC Gelindo Bordin 33 Italy ITA DNF
AC John Burra 26 Tanzania TAN DNF
AC Dionísio Castro 28 Portugal POR DNF
AC Dionicio Cerón 26 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Alberto Cuba 29 Cuba CUB DNF
AC Tonnie Dirks 31 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Diamantino dos Santos 31 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Jorge González 39 Puerto Rico PUR DNF
AC Peter Maher 32 Canada CAN DNF
AC Abebe Mekonnen 28 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Mohamed Ould Khalifa 24 Mauritania MTN DNF
AC Joaquim Pinheiro 31 Portugal POR DNF
AC António Pinto 26 Portugal POR DNF
AC Binesh Prasad 29 Fiji FIJ DNF
AC Carlos Grisales 25 Colombia COL DNF
AC Andy Ronan 29 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Zithulele Sinque 29 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Lucketz Swartbooi 26 Namibia NAM DNF
AC Csaba Szűcs 27 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Simon Robert Naali 26 Tanzania TAN DNF
AC Jan Tau 32 South Africa RSA DNF