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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Marathon

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: August 1, 1992
Date Finished: August 1, 1992
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

Gold: EUN Valentina Yegorova
Silver: JPN Yuko Arimori
Bronze: NZL Lorraine Moller

Summary

The years since the 1988 Olympic marathon had seen numerous women win major races. Grete Waitz continued to win, taking her ninth New York title in late 1988, but by 1992, she was on the downside of her career. Defending champion Rosa Mota won at Tokyo in November 1988, defeating the GDR’s Uta Pippig. In 1989, Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen, who had passed on the Seoul marathon, won at both Boston and New York. Mota continued to win, taking Osaka and Boston in 1990 with Pippig winning the Berlin race in September. Poland’s Wanda Panfil also came to the fore, winning the Nagoya race in 1990, Boston in 1991, and the World Championships in 1991 as well. Mota won the 1991 Marathon World Cup in London, while the 1991 New York race was won by Britain’s Liz McColgan in her marathon début.

So who would it be at Barcelona? The answer is none of the above, and in fact, because of injuries only Wanda Panfil among the above favorites even toed the line at Barcelona, but she would finish only 22nd. The race was eventually won by Valentina Yegorova, representing the Unified Team, by only eight seconds over Japan’s Yuko Arimori. Barcelona was Yegorova’s 14th career marathon, but only her second win, although she had finished second to Rosa Mota at the 1990 European Championships. She would later win the prestigious Tokyo race in 1993 and 1994. Arimori was running her fourth career marathon, but had never won. After the 1992 Olympics, she took a hiatus from competition, returning in 1995 to win the Sapporo marathon.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Valentina Yegorova 28 Unified Team EUN Gold 2-32:41
2 Yuko Arimori 25 Japan JPN Silver 2-32:49
3 Lorraine Moller 37 New Zealand NZL Bronze 2-33:59
4 Sachiko Yamashita 27 Japan JPN 2-36:26
5 Katrin Dörre-Heinig 30 Germany GER 2-36:48
6 Mun Gyong-Ae 23 North Korea PRK 2-37:03
7 Manuela Machado 28 Portugal POR 2-38:22
8 Ramilya Burangulova 31 Unified Team EUN 2-38:46
9 Colleen de Reuck 28 South Africa RSA 2-39:03
10 Cathy O'Brien 25 United States USA 2-39:42
11 Karolina Szabó 30 Hungary HUN 2-40:10
12 Francie Larrieu-Smith 39 United States USA 2-41:09
13 Sally Eastall 29 Great Britain GBR 2-41:20
14 Ritva Lemettinen 31 Finland FIN 2-41:48
15 Birgit Jerschabek 23 Germany GER 2-42:45
16 Veronique Marot 36 Great Britain GBR 2-42:55
17 Márcia Narloch 23 Brazil BRA 2-44:32
18 Emma Scaunich 38 Italy ITA 2-46:14
19 Odette Lapierre 37 Canada CAN 2-46:18
20 Anna Villani 26 Italy ITA 2-46:44
21 Janis Klecker 32 United States USA 2-47:17
22 Wanda Panfil 33 Poland POL 2-47:27
23 Bettina Sabatini 26 Italy ITA 2-50:09
24 Alena Peterková 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 2-53:30
25 Lee Mi-Ok 34 South Korea KOR 2-54:21
26 Małgorzata Birbach 32 Poland POL 2-54:33
27 Sally Ellis 34 Great Britain GBR 2-54:41
28 Pascaline Wangui 31 Kenya KEN 2-56:46
29 Yumi Kokamo 20 Japan JPN 2-58:18
30 Addis Gezahegn Ethiopia ETH 2-58:57
31 Janete Mayal 29 Brazil BRA 3-00:23
32 Elena Murgoci 32 Romania ROU 3-01:46
33 Vilma Peña 32 Costa Rica CRC 3-03:34
34 Ena Guevara 33 Peru PER 3-05:50
35 Ana Gutiérrez 30 United States Virgin Islands ISV 3-14:02
36 Jen Allred 30 Guam GUM 3-14:45
37 Christine Bakombo 29 Congo (Kinshasa) COD 3-29:10
AC Aurora Cunha 33 Portugal POR DNF
AC Olga Avalos-Appell 28 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Franziska Rochat-Moser 25 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Đặng Thị Tèo 24 Vietnam VIE DNF
AC Lizanne Bussières 30 Canada CAN DNF
AC Maria Rebélo-Lelut 36 France FRA DNF
AC Lia Melis 32 Aruba ARU DNF
AC Marguerite Buist 29 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Lisa Martin-Ondieki 32 Australia AUS DNF
AC Madina Biktagirova 27 Unified Team EUN [2-35:39] DQ