Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||17 August 2008|
|Competitors||82 from 42 nations|
|Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4 × 100 m relay||men||women|
|4 × 400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The women's marathon at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on August 17 around an urban circuit specifically designed for the competition at Beijing, and finished in the Beijing National Stadium. The qualifying standards were 2:37.00 (A standard) and 2:42.00 (B standard). There were a total number of 82 competitors from 42 nations.
The winner was Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu of Romania who at one point took a lead of over a minute and maintained it ahead of the chasing pack all the way into the stadium. She completed the marathon in a time of 2:26:44. In second place was Catherine Ndereba of Kenya who completed the race in 2:27:06, closely followed by bronze medalist Zhou Chunxiu of China who finished in a time of 2:27:07.
World record holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain took part in the race despite injury problems that bothered her throughout the previous year. However, she did not feature for much of the race and had to pause and do some exercises to rid herself of cramps at one point. She then proceeded to finish the marathon in 23rd place in a time of 2:32:38.
Prior to this event, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:
|World record||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||2:15:25||London, United Kingdom||13 April 2003|
|Olympic record||Naoko Takahashi (JPN)||2:23:14||Sydney, Australia||24 September 2000|
|Sunday, 17 August 2008||07:30||Final|
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- Lewis, Richard (2008-08-17). "Paula Radcliffe fails in Olympic marathon bid". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-08-17.