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Women's Marathon

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 28, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

Gold: ETH Fatuma Roba
Silver: RUS Valentina Yegorova
Bronze: JPN Yuko Arimori

Summary

Between 1992 and 1996 the Chinese and African women moved onto the world marathon scene. African men had been world-class distance runners since the early 1960s, but women were only becoming liberated enough to compete internationally. At the Tianjin marathon in April 1993, Chinese women finished in the eight places, all under 2-26, and four of them moved in to the world top 10 list. This followed several other stunning times by Chinese female distance runners, but many of these were later discredited when systematic doping regimens were revealed in the Chinese athletics hierarchy.

Portugal had a new women’s marathon star in Manuela Machado, who won the 1994 European Championships and the 1995 World Championships. Germany’s Uta Pippig had won the Boston Marathon in 1994-96 and was highly considered. The top African woman was likely Kenya’s Tegla Leroupe, who won the 1994 New York Marathon.

To avoid the summer heat of Atlanta, the race started at 7:05 AM, the morning after the bombing at the Centennial Olympic Park. Pippig took the early lead and led by 13 seconds at five kilometers, and she increased this to 28 second at 10 km. At 20 km. she was caught by Ethiopia’s Fatuma Roba and Pippig was also overtaken by defending champion Valentina Yegorova, Machado, Japan’s silver medalist from 1992, Yuko Arimori, and Romania’s Lidia Şimon. Pippig would eventually drop out. Roba powered ahead and held a 28-second lead at 25 km. She ran unchallenged to a 2-minute victory in a time of 2-26:05, considered very fast on the hilly course, in the Southern summer weather. Yegorova won the silver medal, and Arimori the bronze medal. Machado faded to seventh place, trailing Simon by one spot.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Fatuma Roba 22 Ethiopia ETH Gold 2-26:05
2 Valentina Yegorova 32 Russia RUS Silver 2-28:05
3 Yuko Arimori 29 Japan JPN Bronze 2-28:39
4 Katrin Dörre-Heinig 34 Germany GER 2-28:45
5 Rocío Ríos 27 Spain ESP 2-30:50
6 Lidia Şimon 22 Romania ROU 2-31:04
7 Manuela Machado 32 Portugal POR 2-31:11
8 Sonja Krolik-Oberem 23 Germany GER 2-31:16
9 Ren Xiujuan 21 China CHN 2-31:21
10 Anne Marie Lauck 27 United States USA 2-31:30
11 Małgorzata Sobańska 27 Poland POL 2-31:52
12 Izumi Maki 27 Japan JPN 2-32:35
13 Ornella Ferrara 28 Italy ITA 2-33:09
14 Mónica Pont 27 Spain ESP 2-33:27
15 Angeline Kanana 30 Kenya KEN 2-34:19
16 Liz McColgan 32 Great Britain GBR 2-34:30
17 Junko Asari 26 Japan JPN 2-34:31
18 Franziska Rochat-Moser 29 Switzerland SUI 2-34:48
19 Griselda González 30 Argentina ARG 2-35:12
20 Jong Song-Ok 21 North Korea PRK 2-35:31
21 Irina Bogacheva 35 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 2-35:44
22 Iglandini González 31 Colombia COL 2-35:45
23 Serap Aktaş 24 Turkey TUR 2-36:14
24 Yelena Mazovka 29 Belarus BLR 2-36:22
25 Marleen Renders 27 Belgium BEL 2-36:27
26 Kim Chang-Ok 21 North Korea PRK 2-36:31
27 Albertina Dias 31 Portugal POR 2-36:39
28 Kerryn McCann 29 Australia AUS 2-36:41
29 Aniela Nikiel 30 Poland POL 2-36:44
30 O Mi-Ja 26 South Korea KOR 2-36:54
31 Linda Somers 35 United States USA 2-36:58
32 Danuta Bartoszek 34 Canada CAN 2-37:06
33 María del Carmen Díaz 26 Mexico MEX 2-37:14
34 Nelly Glauser 30 Switzerland SUI 2-37:19
35 Ramilya Burangulova 35 Russia RUS 2-38:04
36 Judit Nagy-Földing 30 Hungary HUN 2-38:43
37 Érika Olivera 20 Chile CHI 2-39:06
38 Yvonne Danson 37 Singapore SIN 2-39:18
39 Márcia Narloch 27 Brazil BRA 2-39:33
40 Stefanija Statkuvienė 33 Lithuania LTU 2-39:51
41 Anne van Schuppen 35 Netherlands NED 2-40:46
42 Maria Polyzou 27 Greece GRE 2-41:33
43 Guadaloupe Loma 28 Mexico MEX 2-41:56
44 Anuţa Cătună 27 Romania ROU 2-42:01
45 Karen Macleod 38 Great Britain GBR 2-42:08
46 Lorraine Moller 41 New Zealand NZL 2-42:21
47 Albertina Machado 34 Portugal POR 2-43:44
48 Anita Håkenstad 28 Norway NOR 2-43:58
49 Ana Isabel Alonso 32 Spain ESP 2-44:12
50 Natasha Galushko 24 Belarus BLR 2-44:21
51 Adriana Fernández 25 Mexico MEX 2-44:23
52 May Allison 31 Canada CAN 2-44:38
53 Helena Javornik 30 Slovenia SLO 2-46:58
54 Marilú Salazar 30 Peru PER 2-48:58
55 Suzana Ćirić 27 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2-49:30
56 Nadia Prasad 28 France FRA 2-50:05
57 Sue Malaxos 34 Australia AUS 2-50:46
58 Suzanne Rigg 32 Great Britain GBR 2-52:09
59 Elizabeth Mongudhi 26 Namibia NAM 2-56:19
60 Solange de Souza 27 Brazil BRA 2-56:23
61 Gulsara Dadabayeva 20 Tajikistan TJK 3-09:08
62 Bimala Ranamagar 25 Nepal NEP 3-16:19
63 Erkhemsaikhany Davaajargal 27 Mongolia MGL 3-19:06
64 Sirivanh Ketavong 25 Laos LAO 3-25:16
65 Marie Benito 30 Guam GUM 3-27:28
AC Valentina Enachi 30 Moldova MDA 2-41:30 Unofficial competitor
AC Virginie Gloum 23 Central African Republic CAF 3-33:00est Unofficial competitor
AC Madina Biktagirova 31 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Joyce Chepchumba 25 Kenya KEN DNF
AC Selina Chirchir 27 Kenya KEN DNF
AC Maria Curatolo 32 Italy ITA DNF
AC Carmen de Oliveira 30 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Carol Galea 33 Malta MLT DNF
AC Kamila Gradus 29 Poland POL DNF
AC Gang Sun-Deok 21 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Gitte Karlshøj 37 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Liubov Klochko 36 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Lee Mi-Gyeong 21 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Elana Meyer 29 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Lisa Martin-Ondieki 36 Australia AUS DNF
AC Uta Pippig 30 Germany GER DNF
AC Cristina Pomacu 22 Romania ROU DNF
AC Kirsi Rauta 34 Finland FIN DNF
AC Jane Salumäe 28 Estonia EST DNF
AC Jenny Spangler 33 United States USA DNF
AC Martha Tenorio 29 Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Maura Viceconte 28 Italy ITA DNF
AC Alla Zhilyayeva 27 Russia RUS DNF