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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Marathon

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: August 22, 2004
Date Finished: August 22, 2004
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.

Gold: JPN Mizuki Noguchi
Silver: KEN Catherine Ndereba
Bronze: USA Deena Drossin-Kastor

Summary

The heavy favorite in 2004 was Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, who dominated women’s marathoning since turning to the roads in 2002. At the 2002 London Marathon she made her marathon début with a victory in 2-18:55, the second fastest time ever. But later that year, she broke the world marathon best at Chicago, running 2-17:47. In 2003 she stunned the athletics world by winning London in 2-15:25, a mark that would place her highly in most major men’s marathons.

The race began at Marathon, and ran point-to-point to the Olympic Stadium in Athina, although it was not exactly the same course as that used for the 1896 Olympic marathon. It started at 6 PM, but the day was brutally hot, with temperatures reaching 35° C. (95° F.) Given that weather nobody expected fast times. By 20 km. a pack of five runners held the lead, which included Radcliffe, Catherine Ndereba of Kenya, Mizuki Noguchi and Reiko Tosa of Japan, and Elfenesh Alemu of Ethiopia. Noguchi attached at 25 km. on an uphill stretch of the course, and quickly opened a lead of 23 seconds over Alemu, with Radcliffe trailing. Radcliffe would drop out at 36 km. Noguchi held her narrow lead to the finish, winning by 12 seconds over Ndereba. The bronze medal went to American Deena Kastor, who ran the second half of her race four minutes fastest than the first half, closing rapidly, though she still finished almost a minute behind Ndereba.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Mizuki Noguchi 26 Japan JPN Gold 2-26:20
2 Catherine Ndereba 32 Kenya KEN Silver 2-26:32
3 Deena Drossin-Kastor 31 United States USA Bronze 2-27:20
4 Elfenesh Alemu 29 Ethiopia ETH 2-28:15
5 Reiko Tosa 28 Japan JPN 2-28:44
6 Olivera Jevtić 27 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 2-31:15
7 Naoko Sakamoto 23 Japan JPN 2-31:43
8 Lyudmila Petrova 35 Russia RUS 2-31:56
9 Svetlana Zakharova 33 Russia RUS 2-32:04
10 Bruna Genovese 27 Italy ITA 2-32:50
11 Alice Chelangat 27 Kenya KEN 2-33:52
12 Zhang Shujing 25 China CHN 2-34:34
13 Nuţa Olaru 33 Romania ROU 2-34:45
14 Živilė Balčiünaité 25 Lithuania LTU 2-35:01
15 Corinne Raux 27 France FRA 2-35:54
16 Rosaria Console 24 Italy ITA 2-35:56
17 Małgorzata Sobańska 35 Poland POL 2-36:43
18 Luminita Zaituc 35 Germany GER 2-36:45
19 Lee Eun-Jeong 23 South Korea KOR 2-37:23
20 Constantina Diţă-Tomescu 34 Romania ROU 2-37:31
21 Jong Yong-Ok 23 North Korea PRK 2-37:52
22 Li Helan 26 China CHN 2-37:53
23 Jeong Yun-Hui 21 South Korea KOR 2-38:57
24 Stine Larsen 28 Norway NOR 2-39:55
25 Liz Yelling 29 Great Britain GBR 2-40:13
26 María Abel 29 Spain ESP 2-40:13
27 Hafida Izem 25 Morocco MAR 2-40:46
28 Anna Pichrtová 31 Czech Republic CZE 2-40:58
29 Tracey Morris 36 Great Britain GBR 2-41:00
30 Kenza Wahbi 33 Morocco MAR 2-41:36
31 Kerryn McCann 37 Australia AUS 2-41:41
32 Beatriz Ros 30 Spain ESP 2-41:51
33 Zhou Chunxiu 25 China CHN 2-42:54
34 Jen Rhines 30 United States USA 2-43:52
35 Choi Gyeong-Hui 22 South Korea KOR 2-44:05
36 Sandra Ruales 30 Ecuador ECU 2-44:28
37 María Dolores Pulido 29 Spain ESP 2-44:33
38 Margarita Tapia 27 Mexico MEX 2-46:14
39 Colleen de Reuck 40 United States USA 2-46:30
40 Albina Ivanova 27 Russia RUS 2-47:23
41 Grażyna Syrek 32 Poland POL 2-47:26
42 Nili Avramski 34 Israel ISR 2-48:08
43 Clarisse Rasoarizay 32 Madagascar MAD 2-48:14
44 Jane Salumäe 36 Estonia EST 2-48:47
45 Simona Staicu 33 Hungary HUN 2-48:57
46 Angélica Sánchez 28 Mexico MEX 2-49:04
47 Helena Sampaio 30 Portugal POR 2-49:18
48 Beáta Rakonczai 27 Hungary HUN 2-49:41
49 Annemette Jensen 32 Denmark DEN 2-50:01
50 Georgia Abatzidou 35 Greece GRE 2-50:01
51 Liza Hunter-Galvan 35 New Zealand NZL 2-50:23
52 Hafida Gadi-Richard 30 France FRA 2-50:29
53 Gulsara Dadabayeva 28 Tajikistan TJK 2-50:45
54 Épiphanie Nyirabaramé 22 Rwanda RWA 2-52:50
55 Sandra Torres 29 Argentina ARG 2-54:48
56 Jo Bun-Hui 24 North Korea PRK 2-55:54
57 Hsu Yu-Fang 30 Chinese Taipei TPE 2-55:58
58 Érika Olivera 28 Chile CHI 2-57:14
59 Mariela González 30 Cuba CUB 3-02:20
60 Ida Kovács 28 Hungary HUN 3-03:21
61 Svetlana Şepelev-Tcaci 35 Moldova MDA 3-03:29
62 Ana Dias 30 Portugal POR 3-08:11
63 Inga Juodeškienė 32 Lithuania LTU 3-09:18
64 Mamokete Lechela 22 Lesotho LES 3-11:56
65 Aguida Fatima Amaral 32 Timor Leste TLS 3-18:25
66 Luvsanlkhündeviin Otgonbayar 22 Mongolia MGL 3-48:42
AC Paula Radcliffe 30 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Margaret Okayo 28 Kenya KEN DNF
AC Ulrike Maisch 27 Germany GER DNF
AC Monika Drybulska 24 Poland POL DNF
AC Ham Bong-Sil 30 North Korea PRK DNF
AC Rakiya Maraoui-Quétier 36 France FRA DNF
AC Nasria Baghdad-Azaïdj 32 Algeria ALG DNF
AC Márcia Narloch 35 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Marlene Fortunato 34 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Asha Gigi 31 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Lidia Şimon 30 Romania ROU DNF
AC Nadia Ejjafini 23 Bahrain BRN DNF
AC Banuelia Mrashani 26 Tanzania TAN DNF
AC Workenesh Tola 23 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Lale Öztürk 32 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Irina Bogacheva 43 Kyrgyzstan KGZ DNF