Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon

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Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
Venue Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
Dates August 5
Competitors 50 from 28 nations
Winning time 2:24:52
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Norway
Bronze medal    Portugal
Athletics at the
1984 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
3000 m women
5000 m men
10,000 m men
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men
Wheelchair races

The Women's Marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California (USA) was held on August 5, 1984. It was the first time a women's marathon had been held at the Olympic Games. The 50 competitors came from 28 countries. 44 finished the race. The world record holder Joan Benoit of the USA won the gold medal, with the silver medal going to the 1983 World champion Greta Waitz of Norway, and bronze to Rosa Mota of Portugal. The race was also notable for Gabriela Andersen-Schiess from Switzerland, who entered the stadium for the final lap in a state of almost total exhaustion, barely able to walk but eventually completing the race, collapsing at the finishing line and being immediately treated by medical personnel. She finished 37th.


Gold  Joan Benoit
United States (USA)
Silver  Grete Waitz
Norway (NOR)
Bronze  Rosa Mota
Portugal (POR)


  • All times shown are in hours:minutes:seconds
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best


Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics
World Record  Joan Benoit (USA) 2:22:43 April 18, 1983 United States Boston, United States
Olympic Record New Event
Season Best  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:24:26 May 13, 1984 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Broken records during the 1984 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record  Joan Benoit (USA) 2:24:52 August 5, 1984 United States Los Angeles, United States



Final Rankings[edit]

Med 1.png  Joan Benoit (USA) 2:24:52
Med 2.png  Grete Waitz (NOR) 2:26:18
Med 3.png  Rosa Mota (POR) 2:26:57
4.  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:27:34
5.  Lorraine Moller (NZL) 2:28:34
6.  Priscilla Welch (GBR) 2:28:54
7.  Lisa Martin (AUS) 2:29.03
8.  Sylvie Ruegger (CAN) 2:29:09
9.  Laura Fogli (ITA) 2:29:28
10.  Tujia Toivonen (FIN) 2:32:07
11.  Joyce Smith (GBR) 2:32:48
12.  Alba Milana (ITA) 2:33:01
13.  Dorthe Rasmussen (DEN) 2:33:40
14.  Sarah Rowell (GBR) 2:34:08
15.  Sinikka Keskitalo (FIN) 2:35:15
16.  Charlotte Teske (FRG) 2:35:56
17.  Anne Marie Malone (CAN) 2:36:33
18.  Midde Hamrin (SWE) 2:36:41
19.  Nanae Sasaki (JPN) 2:37:04
20.  Paola Moro (ITA) 2:37:06
21.  Ria Van Landeghem (BEL) 2:37:11
22.  Carla Beurskens (NED) 2:37:51
23.  Regina Joyce (IRL) 2:37:57
24.  Marie-Christine Deurbroeck (BEL) 2:38:01
25.  Maria Trujillo (MEX) 2:38:50
26.  Bente Moe (NOR) 2:40:52
27.  Mary O'Connor (NZL) 2:41:22
28.  Carey May (IRL) 2:41:27
29.  Francine Peeters (BEL) 2:42:22
30.  Zehava Shmueli (ISR) 2:42:27
31.  Winnie Lai Chu Ng (HKG) 2:42:38
32.  Monica Regonesi (CHI) 2:44:44
33.  Naydi Nazario (PUR) 2:45:49
34.  Yuko Gordon (HKG) 2:46:12
35.  Ena Guevara (PER) 2:46:50
36.  Julie Brown (USA) 2:47:33
37.  Gabriela Andersen-Schiess (SUI) 2:48:42
38.  Rita Borralho (POR) 2:50:58
39.  Conceição Ferreira (POR) 2:50:58
40.  Maria Cardenas (MEX) 2:51:03
41.  Maria Luisa Ronquillo (MEX) 2:51:04
42.  Nelly Wright (BOL) 2:51:35
43.  Mary Wagaki (KEN) 2:52:00
44.  Eleonora Mendonça (BRA) 2:52:19
 Ifeoma Mbanugo (NGR) DNF
 Akemi Masuda (JPN) DNF
 Jacqueline Gareau (CAN) DNF
 Julie Isphording (USA) DNF
 Anne Audain (NZL) DNF
 Leda Díaz de Cano (HON) DNF

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