Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon

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Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 17 August 2008
Competitors 82 from 42 nations
Winning time 2:26:44
Medalists
Gold medal    Romania
Silver medal    Kenya
Bronze medal    China
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Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics

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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men women
4 × 100 m relay men women
4 × 400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon 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.[1] The qualifying standards were 2:37.00 (A standard) and 2:42.00 (B standard).[2] 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.[3]

Records[edit]

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

Schedule[edit]

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 17 August 2008 07:30 Final

Results[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Result Notes[4]
1 Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu Romania 2:26:44 SB
2 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 2:27:06
3 Zhou Chunxiu China 2:27:07 SB
4 Zhu Xiaolin China 2:27:16 SB
5 Martha Komu Kenya 2:27:23
6 Mara Yamauchi Great Britain 2:27:29
7 Irina Timofeyeva Russia 2:27:31
8 Lidia Simon Romania 2:27:51
9 Souad Aït Salem Algeria 2:28:29
10 Salina Jebet Kosgei Kenya 2:29:28
11 Živilė Balčiūnaitė Lithuania 2:29:33
12 Kim Kum-Ok North Korea 2:30:01 SB
13 Yurika Nakamura Japan 2:30:19
14 Anna Incerti Italy 2:30:55 PB
15 Dire Tune Ethiopia 2:31:16
16 Nina Rillstone New Zealand 2:31:16
17 Bruna Genovese Italy 2:31:31
18 Luminiţa Talpoş Romania 2:31:41
19 Madaí Pérez Mexico 2:31:47
20 Christelle Daunay France 2:31:48
21 Benita Johnson Australia 2:32:06
22 Svetlana Zakharova Russia 2:32:16
23 Paula Radcliffe Great Britain 2:32:38
24 Monika Drybulska Poland 2:32:39 SB
25 Lee Eun-Jung South Korea 2:33:07
26 Liz Yelling Great Britain 2:33:12
27 Blake Russell United States 2:33:13
28 Beata Naigambo Namibia 2:33:29
29 Vincenza Sicari Italy 2:33:31
30 Dorota Gruca Poland 2:33:32
31 Tetyana Filonyuk Ukraine 2:33:35
32 Marisa Barros Portugal 2:34:08
33 Lisa Jane Weightman Australia 2:34:16
34 Kirsten Melkevik Otterbu Norway 2:34:35
35 Liza Hunter-Galvan New Zealand 2:34:51
36 Jong Yong-Ok North Korea 2:34:52
37 Rasa Drazdauskaitė Lithuania 2:35:09
38 Melanie Kraus Germany 2:35:17
39 María Portillo Peru 2:35:19 NR
40 Helalia Johannes Namibia 2:35:22
41 Shujing Zhang China 2:35:35
42 Lucia Kimani Bosnia and Herzegovina 2:35:47 NR
43 Sandra Ruales Ecuador 2:35:53 PB
44 Kate Smyth Australia 2:36:10
45 Yesenia Centeno Spain 2:36:25
46 Ana Dias Portugal 2:36:25
47 Nebiat Habtemariam Eritrea 2:37:03
48 Jo Bun-Hui North Korea 2:37:04
49 Tabitha Tsatsa Zimbabwe 2:37:10
50 Bahar Doğan Turkey 2:37:12 PB
51 Marily dos Santos Brazil 2:38:10
52 Susanne Hahn Germany 2:38:31
53 Chae Eun-Hee South Korea 2:38:52
54 Alessandra Aguilar Spain 2:39:29
55 Patricia Rétiz Mexico 2:39:34
56 Lee Sun-Young South Korea 2:43:23
57 Eva-Maria Gradwohl Austria 2:44:24
58 Iuliia Andreeva Kyrgyzstan 2:44:41
59 Sonia Calizaya Bolivia 2:45:53
60 Eléni Dónta Greece 2:46:44
61 Karina Pérez Mexico 2:47:02
62 Bertha Sánchez Colombia 2:47:02
63 Pauline Curley Ireland 2:47:16
64 María José Pueyo Spain 2:48:01
65 Petra Teveli Hungary 2:48:32
66 Epiphanie Nyirabarame Rwanda 2:49:32
67 Zuzana Šaríková Slovakia 2:49:39
68 Gabriela Traña Costa Rica 2:53:45
69 Oksana Sklyarenko Ukraine 2:55:39
Berhane Adere Ethiopia DNF
Gete Wami Ethiopia DNF
Inês Monteiro Portugal DNF
Valentina Delion Moldova DNF
Reiko Tosa Japan DNF
Olivera Jevtic Serbia DNF
Galina Bogomolova Russia DNF
Mariana Diaz Ximenez Timor-Leste DNF
Beáta Rakonczai Hungary DNF
Mamorallo Tjoka Lesotho DNF
Magdalena Lewy-Boulet United States DNF
Deena Kastor United States DNF
Nadia Ejjafini Bahrain DNS

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