Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
Venue Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta
Dates August 4
Competitors 124 from 79 nations
Winning time 2:12:36
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Josia Thugwane  South Africa
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lee Bong-Ju  South Korea
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Erick Wainaina  Kenya
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The Men's Marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia was held on Sunday August 4, 1996. The race started at 07.05h local time to avoid excessively hot and humid conditions.[1] A total number of 111 athletes completed the race, with an injured and limping Abdel Baser Wasiqi from Afghanistan finishing in last position in 4'24:17.[2]

There were a total of 124 competitors from 79 countries. Thirteen competitors did not finish.[3] The medal ceremony took place during the Closing Ceremony which they did again in Athens eight years later.

The Race

There weren't a lot of favorites in the event. The race started at an Olympic stadium and after 3 1/2 laps of the track they started on the out and back course through Atlanta. There was a large group of about 60 in front. It wasn't until mile 15 that things started to get stirred up. The South Africans made a wall at the front and proceeded to increase the pace. They were joined by Lee Bong- Ju. The race continued as such until mile 17. Josia Thugwane made a move and was joined by Lee Bong-Ju. Meanwhile, Erick Wainaina joined the two in front. The three switched leads several times until Thugwane made a move outside Olympic stadium. He took through the tunnel while Lee Bong-Ju passed the Kenyan. It was the closest finish in olympic history but Thugwane maintained his lead in the last mile to take the gold medallion in 2:12:36. Lee Bong-Ju took silver and Wainaina bronze.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Josia Thugwane
 South Africa
Silver Lee Bong-Ju
 South Korea
Bronze Erick Wainaina
 Kenya

Abbreviations[edit]

  • 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

Records[edit]

Standing records prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics
World Record  Belayneh Densamo (ETH) 2:06:50 April 17, 1988 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Olympic Record  Carlos Lopes (POR) 2:09:21 August 12, 1984 United States Los Angeles, United States
Season Best  Martín Fiz (ESP) 2:08:25 March 24, 1996 South Korea Kyong-Ju, South Korea

Final ranking[edit]

Place Athlete Time
1st, gold medalist(s)  Josia Thugwane (RSA) 2:12:36
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Lee Bong-Ju (KOR) 2:12:39
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Erick Wainaina (KEN) 2:12:44
4  Martín Fiz (ESP) 2:13:20
5  Richard Nerurkar (GBR) 2:13:39
6  Germán Silva (MEX) 2:14:29
7  Steve Moneghetti (AUS) 2:14:35
8  Benjamin Paredes (MEX) 2:14:55
9  Danilo Goffi (ITA) 2:15:08
10  Luiz Antonio dos Santos (BRA) 2:15:55
11  Carlos Grisales (COL) 2:15:56
12  Kim Yi-Yong (KOR) 2:16:17
13  Tendai Chimusasa (ZIM) 2:16:31
14  António Pinto (POR) 2:16:41
15  Dionicio Cerón (MEX) 2:16:48
16  Mwenze Kalombo (ZAI) 2:17:01
17  Leszek Bebło (POL) 2:17:04
18  Alberto Juzdado (ESP) 2:17:24
19  Hiromi Taniguchi (JPN) 2:17:26
20  Salvatore Bettiol (ITA) 2:17:27
21  Peter Fonseca (CAN) 2:17:28
22  Rolando Vera (ECU) 2:17:40
23  Roderic De Highden (AUS) 2:17:42
24  José Luis Molina (CRC) 2:17:49
25  Domingos Castro (POR) 2:18:03
26  Tahar Mansouri (TUN) 2:18:06
27  Lawrence Peu (RSA) 2:18:09
28  Keith Brantly (USA) 2:18:17
29  Thabisio Ralekhetla (LES) 2:18:26
30  Khristo Stefanov (BUL) 2:18:29
31  Bob Kempainen (USA) 2:18:38
32  Harri Hänninen (FIN) 2:18:41
33  Gert Thys (RSA) 2:18:55
34  Sean Quilty (AUS) 2:19:35
35  Carey Nelson (CAN) 2:19:39
36  Spyros Andriopoulos (GRE) 2:19:41
37  Oleg Strizhakov (RUS) 2:19:51
38  Kim Jung-won (PRK) 2:19:54
39  Bruce Deacon (CAN) 2:19:56
40  Kim Jong-su (PRK) 2:20:19
41  Mark Coogan (USA) 2:20:27
42  Hussein Ahmed Salah (DJI) 2:20:33
43  Pyotro Sarafinyuk (UKR) 2:20:37
44  Abdelkader El Mouaziz (MAR) 2:20:39
45  Bert van Vlaanderen (NED) 2:20:48
46  Manuel Matias (POR) 2:20:58
47  Vanderlei de Lima (BRA) 2:21:01
48  Konrad Dobler (GER) 2:21:12
49  Borislav Dević (YUG) 2:21:22
50  Davide Milesi (ITA) 2:21:45
51  Aleksandrs Prokopčuks (LAT) 2:21:50
52  Lameck Aguta (KEN) 2:22:04
53  Diego García (ESP) 2:22:11
54  Masaki Oya (JPN) 2:22:13
55  Peter Whitehead (GBR) 2:22:37
56  Ezequiel Bitok (KEN) 2:23:03
57  Hsu Gi-sheng (TPE) 2:23:04
58  Pavel Loskutov (EST) 2:23:14
59  Rubén Maza (VEN) 2:23:24
60  Steve Brace (GBR) 2:22:28
61  Grzegorz Gajdus (POL) 2:23:41
62  Isaac Simelane (SWZ) 2:23:43
63  Nazirdin Alikbekov (KGZ) 2:23:59
64  Anders Szalkai (SWE) 2:24:27
65  John Mwathiwa (MAW) 2:24:45
66  Leonid Shvetsov (RUS) 2:24:49
67  Eddy Hellebuyck (BEL) 2:25:04
68  Ahmed Adam Salah (SUD) 2:25:12
69  Ikaji Salum (TAN) 2:25:29
70  Pavelas Fedorenka (LTU) 2:25:41
71  Miguel Mallqui (PER) 2:25:56
72  Ethel Hudson (INA) 2:26:02
73  Diamantino dos Santos (BRA) 2:26:53
74  Tika Bahadur Bogate (NEP) 2:27:04
75  Ronnie Holassie (TRI) 2:27:20
76  Joseph Tjitunga (NAM) 2:27:52:
77  Valeriu Vlas (MDA) 2:28:36
78  Daniel Sibandze (SWZ) 2:28:49
79  Waldemar Cotelo (URU) 2:28:50
80  Petko Stefanov (BUL) 2:29:06
81  Abebe Mekonnen (ETH) 2:29:45
82  Luis Martínez (GUA) 2:29:55
83  Sean Wade (NZL) 2:30:35
84  Abderrahim Ben Redouane (MAR) 2:30:49
85  Abdou Monzo (NIG) 2:30:57
86  Marcelo Barrientos (CHI) 2:31:05
87  Antoni Bernardo (AND) 2:31:28
88  Adel Adili (LBA) 2:32:12:
89  Carlos Tarazona (VEN) 2:32:35
90  Tharcisse Gashaka (BDI) 2:32:55
91  Policarpio Calizaya (BOL) 2:33:08
92  Simon Qamunga (TAN) 2:33:11
93  Kenjiro Jitsui (JPN) 2:33:27
94  António Zeferino (CPV) 2:34:13
95  Pamenos Ballantyne (VIN) 2:34:16
96  Kaleka Mutoke (ZAI) 2:34:40
97  Ernest Ndjissipou (CAF) 2:35:55
98  Ali Ettounsi (MAR) 2:36:01
99  William Aguirre (NCA) 2:37:02
100  Roy Vence (PHI) 2:37:10
101  Mohamed Al-Saadi (YEM) 2:40:41 NR
102  Julio Hernández (COL) 2:41:56
103  Ajay Chuttoo (MRI) 2:42:07
104  Nils Antonio (JAM) 2:44:10
105  To Rithya (CAM) 2:47:10
106  Maximo Oliveras (PUR) 2:47:15
107  Islam Ðugum (BIH) 2:47:38
108  Marlon Selwyn Williams (ISV) 2:48:26
109  Eugene Muslar (BIZ) 2:51:41
110  Abdi Isak (SOM) 2:59:55
111  Abdel Baser Wasiqi (AFG) 4:24:17
 Belayneh Densamo (ETH) DNF
 Stephan Freigang (GER) DNF
 Patrick Ishyaka (RWA) DNF
 Benjamin Keleketu (BOT) DNF
 Kim Wan-Ki (KOR) DNF
 Česlovas Kundrotas (LTU) DNF
 Omar Moussa (DJI) DNF
 Victor Razafindrakoto (MAD) DNF
 Antonio Silio (ARG) DNF
 Julius Sumaye (TAN) DNF
 Tumo Turbo (ETH) DNF
 Risto Ulmala (FIN) DNF
 Dainius Virbickas (LTU) DNF

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Official Report
  2. ^ "Taleban hope to get ban revoked", Reuters, August 17, 2000
  3. ^ "Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Men's Marathon". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 

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