2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women's marathon

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Events at the
2011 World Championships
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3000 m
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20 km walk men women
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The Women's marathon at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held starting and finishing at Gukchae – bosang Memorial Park on 27 August. A total of 54 runners began the race and twenty three nations were represented.[1]

The fastest entrant that year was Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who had won the 2010 New York Marathon and finished third in London in April. Her compatriot Priscah Jeptoo (2011 Paris champion) and Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia (winner in Dubai) completed the three fastest athletes to start the race. Other fast Ethiopian and Kenyan entrants included Sharon Cherop, Bezunesh Bekele and Atsede Baysa. The 2009 runner-up Yoshimi Ozaki headed the Japanese team. Other major participants were Sweden's Isabella Andersson and Chinese duo Zhou Chunxiu and Zhu Xiaolin. The reigning champion Bai Xue was absent, as were the 2008 Olympic champion Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu and the two fastest runners that year (Mary Keitany and Liliya Shobukhova).[2]

A large group of 19 runners remained in the leading pack after 30 km, but a Kenyan trio of Kiplagat, Jeptoo and Cherop pulled away from the group after this point. With some 5 km to go, Kiplagat and Cherop collided at the drinks station. Kiplagat fell to the ground. Cherop slowed down and waited for her teammate until they both resumed running.[3] It was Kiplagat who went on to take the gold medal for Kenya (the first medal of the championships), while Jeptoo and Cherop finished in second and third. This was the first time that any country had won all the medals in a marathon at either the World Championships or the Olympic Games.[4] Bezunesh Bekele crossed the line for fourth place seven seconds later and Japan's Yukiko Akaba completed the top five.[1][5]

The competition also served as the IAAF World Marathon Cup team race, which was decided by totalling the times of each nation's three fastest runners. The Kenyan women easily won the title, while China and Ethiopia were the silver and bronze medallists, respectively. This result represented the first time that the Japanese women had failed to win a team medal, since the competition was incorporated at the 1997 World Championships.[4]


Gold Silver Bronze
Edna Kiplagat
Priscah Jeptoo
Sharon Cherop


Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:

World record  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:15:25 London, Great Britain 13 April 2003
Championship record  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:20:57 Helsinki, Finland 14 August 2005
World Leading  Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:19:19 London, Great Britain 17 April 2011
African Record  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2:18:47 Chicago, IL, United States 7 October 2001
Asian Record  Mizuki Noguchi (JPN) 2:19:12 Berlin, Germany 25 September 2005
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Deena Kastor (USA) 2:19:36 London, Great Britain 23 April 2006
South American record  Carmem de Oliveira (BRA) 2:27:41 Boston, MA, United States 18 April 1994
European Record  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:15:25 London, Great Britain 13 April 2003
Oceanian record  Benita Willis (AUS) 2:22:36 Chicago, IL, United States 22 October 2006

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time


Date Time Round
27 August 2011 09:00 Final


KEY: NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Edna Kiplagat  Kenya 2:28:43
2nd, silver medalist(s) Priscah Jeptoo  Kenya 2:29:00
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sharon Cherop  Kenya 2:29:14 SB
4 Bezunesh Bekele  Ethiopia 2:29:21
5 Yukiko Akaba  Japan 2:29:35
6 Zhou Chunxiu  China 2:29:58
7 Isabellah Andersson  Sweden 2:30:13
8 Wang Jiali  China 2:30:25
9 Marisa Barros  Portugal 2:30:29
10 Remi Nakazato  Japan 2:30:52
11 Chen Rong  China 2:31:11
12 Aberu Kebede  Ethiopia 2:31:22
13 Irene Jerotich Kosgei  Kenya 2:31:29 SB
14 Atsede Baysa  Ethiopia 2:31:37
15 Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko  Ukraine 2:31:58
16 Jia Chaofeng  China 2:31:58
17 Tera Moody  United States 2:32:04 SB
18 Yoshimi Ozaki  Japan 2:32:31
19 Azusa Nojiri  Japan 2:33:42
20 Lishan Dula  Bahrain 2:33:47
21 Olena Burkovska  Ukraine 2:34:21
22 Mai Ito  Japan 2:35:16
23 Margarita Plaksina  Russia 2:35:39
24 Susan Partridge  Great Britain 2:35:57
25 Diana Lobačevskė  Lithuania 2:36:05 SB
26 Wang Xuequin  China 2:36:10
27 Lisa Stublić  Croatia 2:36:41
28 Kim Sung-eun  South Korea 2:37:05 SB
29 Caroline Rotich  Kenya 2:37:07 SB
30 Kathy Newberry  United States 2:37:28 SB
31 René Kalmer  South Africa 2:38:16
32 Alisa McKaig  United States 2:38:23 SB
33 Tetyana Holovchenko  Ukraine 2:39:25 SB
34 Lee Sook-Jung  South Korea 2:40:23
35 Chung Yun-Hee  South Korea 2:42:28
36 Bahar Doğan  Turkey 2:42:56
37 Annerien van Schalkwyk  South Africa 2:43:59 SB
38 Colleen De Reuck  United States 2:44:35 SB
39 Luvsanlkhündegiin Otgonbayar  Mongolia 2:45:58
40 Zoila Gómez  United States 2:46:44 SB
41 Judith Toribio  Peru 2:47:21
42 Alyson Dixon  Great Britain 2:50:51
43 Park Jun-Sook  South Korea 3:03:34
44 Choi Bo-ra  South Korea 3:10:06
45 Moleboheng Mafata  Lesotho 3:28:30 SB
46 Shariska Winterdal  Aruba 3:49:48 SB
Dire Tune  Ethiopia DSQ
Lucia Kimani  Bosnia and Herzegovina DNF
Alessandra Aguilar  Spain DNF
Aselefech Mergia  Ethiopia DNF
Jemena Misayauri  Peru DNF
Epiphanie Nyirabarame  Rwanda DNF
Yuliya Ruban  Ukraine DNF
Kateryna Stetsenko  Ukraine DNF
Tanith Maxwell  South Africa DNS

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Marathon – W Final. IAAF (2011-08-27). Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
  2. ^ Johnson, Len (2011-08-21). Women's Marathon – PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
  3. ^ Ken Marantz (2011). "Kenya sweeps marathon / Akaba leads Japan with 5th-place finish : Sports : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)". Yomiuri Shimbun. Japan. Archived from the original on 2011-08-28. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 'I was so annoyed because it was not my fault, but after seeing that my friend has fallen down, I had to slow down and wait for her,' she said. 
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Len (2011-08-27). Women's Marathon – Kiplagat leads historical sweep for Kenya Archived 3 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF. Retrieved on 27 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Edna Kiplagat survives fall to win women's marathon and lead Kenyan 1–2–3 in Daegu". Daily Telegraph. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 

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