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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Marathon

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 24, 2000
Date Finished: September 24, 2000
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.

Gold: JPN Naoko Takahashi
Silver: ROU Lidia Şimon
Bronze: KEN Joyce Chepchumba

Summary

The dominant women marathoners were the Japanese and the Africans, notably those from Kenya and Ethiopia. The champions from 1992 and 1996, Valentina Yegorova and Fatuma Roba, were back though they did not figure in the race for medals. Yegorova did not finish while Roba placed ninth. No favorite could be chosen as the major women’s marathons since 1996 had been spread out among several different victors.

The point-to-point race began at 9 AM near the North Sydney Oval. The race came down to the closest finish in the women’s Olympic marathon, with Japan’s Naoko Takahashi winning by eight seconds from Romania’s Lidia Şimon. The time of 2-23:14 was an Olympic record, better than the mark of 2-24:52 set by Joan Benoit in winning the inaugural Olympic marathon for women in 1984.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Naoko Takahashi 28 Japan JPN Gold 2-23:14 OR
2 Lidia Şimon 27 Romania ROU Silver 2-23:22
3 Joyce Chepchumba 29 Kenya KEN Bronze 2-24:45
4 Esther Wanjiru 23 Kenya KEN 2-26:17
5 Madina Biktagirova 35 Russia RUS 2-26:33
6 Elfenesh Alemu 25 Ethiopia ETH 2-26:54
7 Eri Yamaguchi 27 Japan JPN 2-27:03
8 Ham Bong-Sil 26 North Korea PRK 2-27:07
9 Fatuma Roba 26 Ethiopia ETH 2-27:38
10 Ren Xiujuan 25 China CHN 2-27:55
11 Kerryn McCann 33 Australia AUS 2-28:37
12 Maura Viceconte 32 Italy ITA 2-29:26
13 Tegla Loroupe 29 Kenya KEN 2-29:45
14 Irina Bogacheva 39 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 2-29:55
15 Ari Ichihashi 22 Japan JPN 2-30:34
16 Adriana Fernández 29 Mexico MEX 2-30:51
17 Judit Nagy-Földing 35 Hungary HUN 2-30:54
18 Ornella Ferrara 32 Italy ITA 2-31:32
19 Chris Clark 37 United States USA 2-31:35
20 Jong Yong-Ok 19 North Korea PRK 2-31:40
21 Manuela Machado 37 Portugal POR 2-32:29
22 Nadja Wijenberg-Ilyina 36 Netherlands NED 2-32:29
23 Lyubov Morgunova 29 Russia RUS 2-32:35
24 Sonja Krolik-Oberem 27 Germany GER 2-33:45
25 Martha Tenorio 34 Ecuador ECU 2-33:54
26 Marian Sutton 36 Great Britain GBR 2-34:33
27 Érika Olivera 24 Chile CHI 2-35:07
28 Kim Chang-Ok 25 North Korea PRK 2-35:32
29 Alina Gherasim 28 Romania ROU 2-36:16
30 Ana Isabel Alonso 37 Spain ESP 2-36:45
31 Colleen de Reuck 36 South Africa RSA 2-36:48
32 María Portillo 28 Peru PER 2-36:50
33 Griselda González 34 Spain ESP 2-38:28
34 O Mi-Ja 30 South Korea KOR 2-38:42
35 Sue Hobson 42 Australia AUS 2-38:44
36 Gadissie Edato 27 Ethiopia ETH 2-42:29
37 Serap Aktaş 28 Turkey TUR 2-42:40
38 Daria Nauer 34 Switzerland SUI 2-43:00
39 María Luisa Muñoz 41 Spain ESP 2-45:40
40 Iglandini González 35 Colombia COL 2-47:26
41 Gulsara Dadabayeva 24 Tajikistan TJK 2-51:03
42 Gina Coello 37 Honduras HON 3-02:32
43 Aguida Fatima Amaral 28 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA 3-10:55
44 Rhonda Davidson-Alley 39 Guam GUM 3-13:58
45 Sirivanh Ketavong 30 Laos LAO 3-34:27
AC Nickey Carroll 28 Australia AUS DNF
AC Anuţa Cătună 31 Romania ROU DNF
AC Valentina Enachi 34 Moldova MDA DNF
AC Martha Ernstdóttir 35 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Garifa Kuku 40 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF
AC Elizabeth Mongudhi 30 Namibia NAM DNF
AC Marleen Renders 31 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Valentina Yegorova 36 Russia RUS DNF