Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon

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Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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A group of runners in the marathon, including eventual winner Tiki Gelana (leftmost green shirt).
Venue Marathon course, central London
Date 5 August 2012
Competitors 118 from 67 nations
Winning time 2:23:07 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tiki Gelana  Ethiopia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Priscah Jeptoo  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova  Russia
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The women's marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London was held on the Olympic marathon street course on 5 August.[1]

The course started and finished on The Mall in central London. Runners completed one short circuit of 2.219 miles around part of the City of Westminster and then three longer circuits of 8 miles around Westminster, the Victoria Embankment and the City of London. The course was designed to pass many of London's best known landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the Guildhall, Leadenhall Market, the Monument, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.[2]

Tiki Gelana from Ethiopia won the gold medal, completing the course in an Olympic record-breaking time of 2 hours 23 minutes 7 seconds. Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo finished second to win silver and Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova, representing Russia, took bronze.

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
2012 World leading  Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:18:37 London, United Kingdom 22 April 2012

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
5 August Final  Tiki Gelana (ETH) 2:23:07 OR

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 5 August 2012 11:00 Final

Race overview[edit]

Starting in the rain, no athlete wanted to run hard from the start. Instead it was a large pack of runners, at times forming a wall across the streets. The pack slowly whittled itself down by 12 km; the ever present Valeria Straneo emerged to take the point position on the front. Over the next several kilometres, as the rain subsided, Xiaolin Zhu emerged as Straneo's shadow through the half marathon mark in 1:13:13.

Shortly after the half-way mark, Tiki Gelana fell trying to negotiate a water station. Then the lead pack began to take a more serious focus with three Kenyans taking up the pace. Gelana rejoined the pack. Though the pace again slowed, attrition continued. By 28 km the leaders were down to just the three Kenyans and two Ethiopians; Gelana and Mare Dibaba, with Priscah Jeptoo always on the outside. The first to crack was Dibaba. Meanwhile, the significantly less experienced Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova worked her way from far off the pace, past the rest of the athletes who had fallen out of the pack. Arkhipova caught the leaders from behind at 32 km. Just as Arkhipova arrived, the reigning world champion Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat fell back, though she worked her way back into the lead group a kilometre later.

At the 35 km water stop, Arkhipova accelerated losing Kiplagat again, this time for good. It was a pack of four through the next 5 km. At 1500 m from the finish Mary Jepkosgei Keitany was the first from the group of four to fall off. At the same time, Gelana accelerated, leaving first Arkhipova, then Jeptoo. A grimacing Gelana powered home to narrowly beat the Olympic record. Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko came from as far back as 23rd place to take fifth.

Result[edit]

  • Entrants as of 27 July 2012.[3]
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Tiki Gelana  Ethiopia 2:23:07 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Priscah Jeptoo  Kenya 2:23:12
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova  Russia 2:23:29 PB
4 Mary Keitany  Kenya 2:23:56
5 Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko  Ukraine 2:24:32 NR
6 Zhu Xiaolin  China 2:24:48
7 Jéssica Augusto  Portugal 2:25:11
8 Valeria Straneo  Italy 2:25:27
9 Albina Mayorova  Russia 2:25:38
10 Shalane Flanagan  United States 2:25:51
11 Kara Goucher  United States 2:26:07
12 Helalia Johannes  Namibia 2:26:09 NR
13 Marisa Barros  Portugal 2:26:13
14 Irina Mikitenko  Germany 2:26:44
15 Kimberley Smith  New Zealand 2:26:59
16 Ryoko Kizaki  Japan 2:27:16
17 Lisa Jane Weightman  Australia 2:27:32 PB
18 Isabellah Andersson  Sweden 2:27:36
19 Yoshimi Ozaki  Japan 2:27:43
20 Edna Kiplagat  Kenya 2:27:52
21 Ana Dulce Félix  Portugal 2:28:12
22 Wang Xueqin  China 2:28:21
23 Mare Dibaba  Ethiopia 2:28:48
24 Hilda Kibet  Netherlands 2:28:52
25 Inés Melchor  Peru 2:28:54 NR
26 Alessandra Aguilar  Spain 2:29:19
27 Rasa Drazdauskaitė  Lithuania 2:29:29 PB
28 Diana Lobačevskė  Lithuania 2:29:32 PB
29 Anna Incerti  Italy 2:29:38
30 Rosaria Console  Italy 2:30:09
31 Diane Nukuri  Burundi 2:30:13 NR
32 Susanne Hahn  Germany 2:30:22
33 Nastassia Staravoitava  Belarus 2:30:25
34 Sviatlana Kouhan  Belarus 2:30:26
35 René Kalmer  South Africa 2:30:51
36 Karolina Jarzyńska  Poland 2:30:57
37 Souad Aït Salem  Algeria 2:31:15
38 Beata Naigambo  Namibia 2:31:16
39 Jessica Trengove  Australia 2:31:17
40 Jessica Draskau-Petersson  Denmark 2:31:43 PB
41 Chung Yun-Hee  South Korea 2:31:58
42 Aselefech Mergia  Ethiopia 2:32:03
43 Gladys Tejeda  Peru 2:32:07 PB
44 Freya Murray  Great Britain 2:32:14
45 Lidia Șimon  Romania 2:32:46 SB
46 Marisol Romero  Mexico 2:33:08
47 Adriana Aparecida da Silva  Brazil 2:33:15
48 Olena Burkovska  Ukraine 2:33:26
49 Kim Kum-ok  North Korea 2:33:30
50 Karina Pérez  Mexico 2:33:30
51 Erika Abril  Colombia 2:33:33 NR
52 Lisa Stublić  Croatia 2:34:03
53 Maja Neuenschwander  Switzerland 2:34:50
54 Andrea Mayr  Austria 2:34:51
55 Wilma Arizapana  Peru 2:35:09
56 Jon Kyong-Hui  North Korea 2:35:17
57 Claire Hallissey  Great Britain 2:35:39
58 Wang Jiali  China 2:35:46
59 Rehaset Mehari  Eritrea 2:35:49
60 Iuliia Andreeva  Kyrgyzstan 2:36:01
61 María Elena Espeso  Spain 2:36:12
62 Lishan Dula  Bahrain 2:36:20
63 Bahar Doğan  Turkey 2:36:35
64 Érika Olivera  Chile 2:36:41 SB
65 Natalia Cerches  Moldova 2:37:13 PB
66 Linda Byrne  Ireland 2:37:13
67 Ivana Sekyrová  Czech Republic 2:37:14
68 Ava Hutchinson  Ireland 2:37:17
69 Natalia Romero  Chile 2:37:47
70 Dailín Belmonte  Cuba 2:38:08 PB
71 Ana Subotić  Serbia 2:38:22
72 Sultan Haydar  Turkey 2:38:26
73 Samira Raif  Morocco 2:38:31 SB
74 Kim Mi-Gyong  North Korea 2:38:33
75 Remalda Kergytė  Lithuania 2:39:01
76 Lim Kyung-Hee  South Korea 2:39:03
77 Slađana Perunović  Montenegro 2:39:07 NR
78 Volha Dubouskaya  Belarus 2:39:12
79 Risa Shigetomo  Japan 2:40:06
80 Amira Ben Amor  Tunisia 2:40:13 NR
81 Tanith Maxwell  South Africa 2:40:27
82 María Peralta  Argentina 2:40:50
83 Rosa Chacha  Ecuador 2:40:57 SB
84 Triyaningsih  Indonesia 2:41:15
85 Beata Rakonczai  Hungary 2:41:20
86 Constantina Dita  Romania 2:41:34
87 Leena Puotiniemi  Finland 2:42:01
88 Žana Jereb  Slovenia 2:42:50
89 Ümmü Kiraz  Turkey 2:43:07
90 Mamorallo Tjoka  Lesotho 2:43:15 SB
91 Gabriela Traña  Costa Rica 2:43:17
92 Zsofia Erdelyi  Hungary 2:44:45
93 Jane Suuto  Uganda 2:44:46
94 Yolimar Pineda  Venezuela 2:45:16
95 Anikó Kálovics  Hungary 2:45:55
96 Kim Seongeun  South Korea 2:46:38
97 Vanessa Veiga  Spain 2:46:53
98 Dace Lina  Latvia 2:47:47
99 Katarína Berešová  Slovakia 2:48:11
100 Benita Willis  Australia 2:49:38
101 Claudette Mukasakindi  Rwanda 2:51:07
102 Otgonbayar Luvsanlundeg  Mongolia 2:52:15
103 Evelin Talts  Estonia 2:54:15
104 Konstadina Kefala  Greece 3:01:18
105 Ni Lar San  Myanmar 3:04:27
106 Juventina Napoleão  Timor-Leste 3:05:07 PB
107 Caitriona Jennings  Ireland 3:22:11
Lucia Kimani  Bosnia and Herzegovina DNF
Liliya Shobukhova  Russia DNF
Desiree Davila  United States DNF
Mara Yamauchi  Great Britain DNF
Tetyana Filonyuk  Ukraine DNF
Olivera Jevtić  Serbia DNF
Soumiya Labani  Morocco DNF
Sharon Tavengwa  Zimbabwe DNF
Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands DNF
Yolanda Caballero  Colombia DNF
Irvette van Blerk  South Africa DNF

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