Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon

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Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 17 August 2008
Competitors 82 from 42 nations
Winning time 2:26:44
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu  Romania
2nd, silver medalist(s) Catherine Ndereba  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Zhou Chunxiu  China
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The women's marathon at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on August 17 around an urban circuit specifically designed for the competition at Beijing, and finished in the Beijing National Stadium.[1] The qualifying standards were 2:37.00 (A standard) and 2:42.00 (B standard).[2] There were a total number of 82 competitors from 42 nations.

The winner was Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu of Romania who at one point took a lead of over a minute and maintained it ahead of the chasing pack all the way into the stadium. She completed the marathon in a time of 2:26:44. In second place was Catherine Ndereba of Kenya who completed the race in 2:27:06, closely followed by bronze medalist Zhou Chunxiu of China who finished in a time of 2:27:07.

World record holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain took part in the race despite injury problems that bothered her throughout the previous year. However, she did not feature for much of the race and had to pause and do some exercises to rid herself of cramps at one point. She then proceeded to finish the marathon in 23rd place in a time of 2:32:38.[3]

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

Schedule[edit]

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 17 August 2008 07:30 Final

Results[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Result Notes[4]
1st, gold medalist(s) Constantina Diṭă-Tomescu  Romania 2:26:44 SB
2nd, silver medalist(s) Catherine Ndereba  Kenya 2:27:06
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Zhou Chunxiu  China 2:27:07 SB
4 Zhu Xiaolin  China 2:27:16 SB
5 Martha Komu  Kenya 2:27:23
6 Mara Yamauchi  Great Britain 2:27:29
7 Irina Timofeyeva  Russia 2:27:31
8 Lidia Șimon  Romania 2:27:51
9 Souad Aït Salem  Algeria 2:28:29
10 Salina Jebet Kosgei  Kenya 2:29:28
11 Živilė Balčiūnaitė  Lithuania 2:29:33
12 Kim Kum-Ok  North Korea 2:30:01 SB
13 Yurika Nakamura  Japan 2:30:19
14 Anna Incerti  Italy 2:30:55 PB
15 Dire Tune  Ethiopia 2:31:16
16 Nina Rillstone  New Zealand 2:31:16
17 Bruna Genovese  Italy 2:31:31
18 Luminiţa Talpoş  Romania 2:31:41
19 Madaí Pérez  Mexico 2:31:47
20 Christelle Daunay  France 2:31:48
21 Benita Johnson  Australia 2:32:06
22 Svetlana Zakharova  Russia 2:32:16
23 Paula Radcliffe  Great Britain 2:32:38
24 Monika Drybulska  Poland 2:32:39 SB
25 Lee Eun-Jung  South Korea 2:33:07
26 Liz Yelling  Great Britain 2:33:12
27 Blake Russell  United States 2:33:13
28 Beata Naigambo  Namibia 2:33:29
29 Vincenza Sicari  Italy 2:33:31
30 Dorota Gruca  Poland 2:33:32
31 Tetyana Filonyuk  Ukraine 2:33:35
32 Marisa Barros  Portugal 2:34:08
33 Lisa Jane Weightman  Australia 2:34:16
34 Kirsten Melkevik Otterbu  Norway 2:34:35
35 Liza Hunter-Galvan  New Zealand 2:34:51
36 Jong Yong-Ok  North Korea 2:34:52
37 Rasa Drazdauskaitė  Lithuania 2:35:09
38 Melanie Kraus  Germany 2:35:17
39 María Portillo  Peru 2:35:19 NR
40 Helalia Johannes  Namibia 2:35:22
41 Shujing Zhang  China 2:35:35
42 Lucia Kimani  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2:35:47 NR
43 Sandra Ruales  Ecuador 2:35:53 PB
44 Kate Smyth  Australia 2:36:10
45 Yesenia Centeno  Spain 2:36:25
46 Ana Dias  Portugal 2:36:25
47 Nebiat Habtemariam  Eritrea 2:37:03
48 Jo Bun-Hui  North Korea 2:37:04
49 Tabitha Tsatsa  Zimbabwe 2:37:10
50 Bahar Doğan  Turkey 2:37:12 PB
51 Marily dos Santos  Brazil 2:38:10
52 Susanne Hahn  Germany 2:38:31
53 Chae Eun-Hee  South Korea 2:38:52
54 Alessandra Aguilar  Spain 2:39:29
55 Patricia Rétiz  Mexico 2:39:34
56 Lee Sun-Young  South Korea 2:43:23
57 Eva-Maria Gradwohl  Austria 2:44:24
58 Iuliia Andreeva  Kyrgyzstan 2:44:41
59 Sonia Calizaya  Bolivia 2:45:53
60 Eléni Dónta  Greece 2:46:44
61 Karina Pérez  Mexico 2:47:02
62 Bertha Sánchez  Colombia 2:47:02
63 Pauline Curley  Ireland 2:47:16
64 María José Pueyo  Spain 2:48:01
65 Petra Teveli  Hungary 2:48:32
66 Epiphanie Nyirabarame  Rwanda 2:49:32
67 Zuzana Šaríková  Slovakia 2:49:39
68 Gabriela Traña  Costa Rica 2:53:45
69 Oksana Sklyarenko  Ukraine 2:55:39
Berhane Adere  Ethiopia DNF
Gete Wami  Ethiopia DNF
Inês Monteiro  Portugal DNF
Valentina Delion  Moldova DNF
Reiko Tosa  Japan DNF
Olivera Jevtic  Serbia DNF
Galina Bogomolova  Russia DNF
Mariana Diaz Ximenez  Timor-Leste DNF
Beáta Rakonczai  Hungary DNF
Mamorallo Tjoka  Lesotho DNF
Magdalena Lewy-Boulet  United States DNF
Deena Kastor  United States DNF
Nadia Ejjafini  Bahrain DNS

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Richard (2008-08-17). "Paula Radcliffe fails in Olympic marathon bid". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 

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