Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
|Venue||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles|
|Competitors||50 from 28 nations|
|Athletics at the
1984 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|
|50 km walk||men|
The Women's Marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California (United States) 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 United States won the gold medal, with the silver medal going to the 1983 World champion Grete Waitz of Norway, and bronze to Rosa Mota of Portugal.
Strategically, the race was notable for Benoit making a bold move in only the third mile of the race, despite the August heat. The rest of the field did not try to keep pace with her, and Benoit maintained her lead all the way to finish, defeating Waitz by more than a minute.
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.
- All times shown are in hours:minutes:seconds
|DNS||did not start|
|Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics|
|World Record||Joan Benoit (USA)||2:22:43||April 18, 1983||Boston, United States|
|Olympic Record||New Event|
|Season Best||Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR)||2:24:26||May 13, 1984||London, United Kingdom|
|Broken records during the 1984 Summer Olympics|
|Olympic Record||Joan Benoit (USA)||2:24:52||August 5, 1984||Los Angeles, United States|
- 1982 Women's European Championships Marathon (Athens)
- 1983 Women's World Championships Marathon (Helsinki)
- 1984 Marathon Year Ranking
- 1986 Women's European Championships Marathon (Stuttgart)
- 1987 Women's World Championships Marathon (Rome)
- "Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Women's Marathon". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
- (English) sports-reference