Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon

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Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Women's Marathon London 2012 006.jpg
A group of runners in the marathon, including eventual winner Tiki Gelana (leftmost green shirt).
Venue Marathon course, central London
Date 5 August 2012
Competitors 118 from 67 nations
Winning time 2:23:07 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    Ethiopia
Silver medal    Kenya
Bronze medal    Russia
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The women's marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London was held on the Olympic marathon street course on 5 August.[1]

The course started and finished on The Mall in central London. Runners completed one short circuit of 2.219 miles around part of the City of Westminster and then three longer circuits of 8 miles around Westminster, the Victoria Embankment and the City of London. The course was designed to pass many of London's best known landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the Guildhall, Leadenhall Market, the Monument, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.[2]

Tiki Gelana from Ethiopia won the gold medal, completing the course in an Olympic record-breaking time of 2 hours 23 minutes 7 seconds. Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo finished second to win silver and Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova, representing Russia, took bronze.

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
2012 World leading  Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:18:37 London, United Kingdom 22 April 2012

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
5 August Final  Tiki Gelana (ETH) 2:23:07 OR

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 5 August 2012 11:00 Final

Race overview[edit]

Starting in the rain, no athlete wanted to run hard from the start. Instead it was a large pack of runners, at times forming a wall across the streets. The pack slowly whittled itself down by 12 km; the ever present Valeria Straneo emerged to take the point position on the front. Over the next several kilometres, as the rain subsided, Xiaolin Zhu emerged as Straneo's shadow through the half marathon mark in 1:13:13.

Shortly after the half-way mark, Tiki Gelana fell trying to negotiate a water station. Then the lead pack began to take a more serious focus with three Kenyans taking up the pace. Gelana rejoined the pack. Though the pace again slowed, attrition continued. By 28 km the leaders were down to just the three Kenyans and two Ethiopians; Gelana and Mare Dibaba, with Priscah Jeptoo always on the outside. The first to crack was Dibaba. Meanwhile the significantly less experienced Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova worked her way from far off the pace, past the rest of the athletes who had fallen out of the pack. Arkhipova caught the leaders from behind at 32 km. Just as Arkhipova arrived, the reigning world champion Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat fell back, though she worked her way back into the lead group a kilometre later.

At the 35 km water stop, Arkhipova accelerated losing Kiplagat again, this time for good. It was a pack of four through the next 5 km. At 1500 m from the finish Mary Jepkosgei Keitany was the first from the group of four to fall off. At the same time, Gelana accelerated, leaving first Arkhipova, then Jeptoo. A grimacing Gelana powered home to narrowly beat the Olympic record. Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko came from as far back as 23rd place to take fifth.

Result[edit]

  • Entrants as of 27 July 2012.[3]
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Tiki Gelana Ethiopia 2:23:07 OR
2 Priscah Jeptoo Kenya 2:23:12
3 Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova Russia 2:23:29 PB
4 Mary Keitany Kenya 2:23:56
5 Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko Ukraine 2:24:32 NR
6 Zhu Xiaolin China 2:24:48
7 Jéssica Augusto Portugal 2:25:11
8 Valeria Straneo Italy 2:25:27
9 Albina Mayorova Russia 2:25:38
10 Shalane Flanagan United States 2:25:51
11 Kara Goucher United States 2:26:07
12 Helalia Johannes Namibia 2:26:09 NR
13 Marisa Barros Portugal 2:26:13
14 Irina Mikitenko Germany 2:26:44
15 Kimberley Smith New Zealand 2:26:59
16 Ryoko Kizaki Japan 2:27:16
17 Lisa Jane Weightman Australia 2:27:32 PB
18 Isabellah Andersson Sweden 2:27:36
19 Yoshimi Ozaki Japan 2:27:43
20 Edna Kiplagat Kenya 2:27:52
21 Ana Dulce Félix Portugal 2:28:12
22 Wang Xueqin China 2:28:21
23 Mare Dibaba Ethiopia 2:28:48
24 Hilda Kibet Netherlands 2:28:52
25 Inés Melchor Peru 2:28:54 NR
26 Alessandra Aguilar Spain 2:29:19
27 Rasa Drazdauskaitė Lithuania 2:29:29 PB
28 Diana Lobačevskė Lithuania 2:29:32 PB
29 Anna Incerti Italy 2:29:38
30 Rosaria Console Italy 2:30:09
31 Diane Nukuri Burundi 2:30:13 NR
32 Susanne Hahn Germany 2:30:22
33 Nastassia Staravoitava Belarus 2:30:25
34 Sviatlana Kouhan Belarus 2:30:26
35 René Kalmer South Africa 2:30:51
36 Karolina Jarzyńska Poland 2:30:57
37 Souad Aït Salem Algeria 2:31:15
38 Beata Naigambo Namibia 2:31:16
39 Jessica Trengove Australia 2:31:17
40 Jessica Draskau-Petersson Denmark 2:31:43 PB
41 Chung Yun-Hee South Korea 2:31:58
42 Aselefech Mergia Ethiopia 2:32:03
43 Gladys Tejeda Peru 2:32:07 PB
44 Freya Murray Great Britain 2:32:14
45 Lidia Șimon Romania 2:32:46 SB
46 Marisol Romero Mexico 2:33:08
47 Adriana Aparecida da Silva Brazil 2:33:15
48 Olena Burkovska Ukraine 2:33:26
49 Kim Kum-ok North Korea 2:33:30
50 Karina Pérez Mexico 2:33:30
51 Erika Abril Colombia 2:33:33 NR
52 Lisa Stublić Croatia 2:34:03
53 Maja Neuenschwander Switzerland 2:34:50
54 Andrea Mayr Austria 2:34:51
55 Wilma Arizapana Peru 2:35:09
56 Jon Kyong-Hui North Korea 2:35:17
57 Claire Hallissey Great Britain 2:35:39
58 Wang Jiali China 2:35:46
59 Rehaset Mehari Eritrea 2:35:49
60 Iuliia Andreeva Kyrgyzstan 2:36:01
61 María Elena Espeso Spain 2:36:12
62 Lishan Dula Bahrain 2:36:20
63 Bahar Doğan Turkey 2:36:35
64 Érika Olivera Chile 2:36:41 SB
65 Natalia Cerches Moldova 2:37:13 PB
66 Linda Byrne Ireland 2:37:13
67 Ivana Sekyrová Czech Republic 2:37:14
68 Ava Hutchinson Ireland 2:37:17
69 Natalia Romero Chile 2:37:47
70 Dailín Belmonte Cuba 2:38:08 PB
71 Ana Subotić Serbia 2:38:22
72 Sultan Haydar Turkey 2:38:26
73 Samira Raif Morocco 2:38:31 SB
74 Kim Mi-Gyong North Korea 2:38:33
75 Remalda Kergytė Lithuania 2:39:01
76 Lim Kyung-Hee South Korea 2:39:03
77 Slađana Perunović Montenegro 2:39:07 NR
78 Volha Dubouskaya Belarus 2:39:12
79 Risa Shigetomo Japan 2:40:06
80 Amira Ben Amor Tunisia 2:40:13 NR
81 Tanith Maxwell South Africa 2:40:27
82 María Peralta Argentina 2:40:50
83 Rosa Chacha Ecuador 2:40:57 SB
84 Triyaningsih Indonesia 2:41:15
85 Beata Rakonczai Hungary 2:41:20
86 Constantina Dita Romania 2:41:34
87 Leena Puotiniemi Finland 2:42:01
88 Žana Jereb Slovenia 2:42:50
89 Ümmü Kiraz Turkey 2:43:07
90 Mamorallo Tjoka Lesotho 2:43:15 SB
91 Gabriela Traña Costa Rica 2:43:17
92 Zsofia Erdelyi Hungary 2:44:45
93 Jane Suuto Uganda 2:44:46
94 Yolimar Pineda Venezuela 2:45:16
95 Anikó Kálovics Hungary 2:45:55
96 Kim Seongeun South Korea 2:46:38
97 Vanessa Veiga Spain 2:46:53
98 Dace Lina Latvia 2:47:47
99 Katarína Berešová Slovakia 2:48:11
100 Benita Willis Australia 2:49:38
101 Claudette Mukasakindi Rwanda 2:51:07
102 Otgonbayar Luvsanlundeg Mongolia 2:52:15
103 Evelin Talts Estonia 2:54:15
104 Konstadina Kefala Greece 3:01:18
105 Ni Lar San Myanmar 3:04:27
106 Juventina Napoleão Timor-Leste 3:05:07 PB
107 Caitriona Jennings Ireland 3:22:11
Lucia Kimani Bosnia and Herzegovina DNF
Liliya Shobukhova Russia DNF
Desiree Davila United States DNF
Mara Yamauchi Great Britain DNF
Tetyana Filonyuk Ukraine DNF
Olivera Jevtić Serbia DNF
Soumiya Labani Morocco DNF
Sharon Tavengwa Zimbabwe DNF
Lornah Kiplagat Netherlands DNF
Yolanda Caballero Colombia DNF
Irvette van Blerk South Africa DNF

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