List of marathoners

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This is a list of marathoners who are athletes notable for their achievements in the marathon. For a list of people notable in other fields who have also run marathons, see List of marathoners who are non-running specialists.

Legend[edit]

Tom Longboat was a dominant runner in the 1900s
Symbol/Column Description
Gold medal icon.svg Gold medal in the Olympics, IAAF World Championships or World Marathon Majors
Silver medal icon.svg Silver medal in the Olympics, IAAF World Championships or World Marathon Majors
Bronze medal icon.svg Bronze medal in the Olympics, IAAF World Championships or World Marathon Majors
(#) Placement in any major marathon competition ranked 4th or below
Name Athlete's name
Names in bold are current or former world record holders.
Country Athlete's citizenship during competition
Olympics Placement in the Olympics
IAAF WC Medal years in the IAAF World Championships
WMM Placement in the World Marathon Majors
1st Marathon Victories. Number of times athlete placed first in a marathon (excludes Olympics and World Championships)
Career Best Fastest marathon time during career
Other Other notable information

Men[edit]

Haile Gebrselassie is regarded as one of the greatest distance runners in history.
Sohn Kee-chung is the first Korean Olympic Champion in any discipline.
Name Country Olympics IAAF WC WMM 1s Career Best Other Ref
Gezahegne Abera  Ethiopia Gold medal icon.svg 2000 Gold medal icon.svg 2001 5 2:07:54 First to win gold at Olympics and World Championships [1]
Abel Antón  Spain Gold medal icon.svg 1997
Gold medal icon.svg 1999
2 2:07:54 First to win two golds at World Championships
Stefano Baldini  Italy Gold medal icon.svg 2004
(12) 2008
Bronze medal icon.svg 2001
Bronze medal icon.svg 2003
3 Two time European champion
Dick Beardsley  United States 3 The "Duel in the Sun" with Alberto Salazar at the 1982 Boston Marathon.
Abebe Bikila  Ethiopia Gold medal icon.svg 1960
Gold medal icon.svg 1964
First black African gold medalist by winning in Rome barefoot, previous world record holder
Gelindo Bordin  Italy Gold medal icon.svg 1988 Bronze medal icon.svg1987 6 Two time European champion
Amby Burfoot  United States 1 2:14:28 Boston Marathon winner
Dionicio Cerón  Mexico 7 2:12:13 [2]
Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot  Kenya Gold medal icon.svg 2006/2007
Silver medal icon.svg 2007/2008
Bronze medal icon.svg 2008/2009
7 2:07:14
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot  Kenya 2 2:05:52
Waldemar Cierpinski  East Germany Gold medal icon.svg 1976
Gold medal icon.svg 1980
Bronze medal icon.svg 1983
Andrea Cionna  Italy 2:31:59 World record holder for the fastest marathon run by a totally blind man
Derek Clayton  Australia 2:08:34 The first to run a world record under 02:10:00
Robert de Castella  Australia Gold medal icon.svg 1983 4 2:07:51 Former marathon world record holder; holds Australian national record
Belayneh Densamo  Ethiopia 7 2:06:50 Held the world record for the span of 10 years.
Leonard Edelen  United States 1964 2:14:28 In 1963, he became the first American to hold the world record since 1925.
Steve Edwards First person to complete 500 sub 3:30:00 marathons [3]
Stefaan Engels  Belgium First person to complete 365 marathons in 365 days [4]
Martín Fiz  Spain (4) 1996 Gold medal icon.svg 1995
Silver medal icon.svg1997
3
Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia Bronze medal icon.svg 2006/2007
Bronze medal icon.svg 2007/2008
Silver medal icon.svg 2008/2009
9 2:03:59 Winner of many distance racing championships and holder of 27 world records [5]
Jaouad Gharib  Morocco Silver medal icon.svg2008 Gold medal icon.svg2003
Gold medal icon.svg2005
2:05:27
Rodolfo Gómez  Mexico (19) 1976
(6) 1980
3 2:09:33
Ryan Hall  United States (10) 2008
(DNF) 2012
2:04:58
Hal Higdon  United States Freelance writer for Runner's World; a founder of Road Runners Club of America
Ron Hill  United Kingdom 1964
1972
2:09:28
Hwang Young-Cho  South Korea Gold medal icon.svg 1992 3 2:08:09
Juma Ikangaa  Tanzania (6) 1984
(7) 1988
(34) 1992
Steve Jones  United Kingdom 4 2:07:13 Former marathon world record holder
Veikko Karvonen  Finland (5) 1952
Yuki Kawauchi  Japan (18) 2011, 2013 10 2:08:14 Amateur citizen runner working full-time and training alone.
Tsegaye Kebede  Ethiopia Bronze medal icon.svg 2008 Bronze medal icon.svg 2009 (5) 2008/2009
Silver medal icon.svg 2009/2010
4 2:05:18
Meb Keflezighi  United States Silver medal icon.svg 2004 1 2:08:37
Khalid Khannouchi  Morocco
 United States
5 2:05:42 Former marathon world record holder
Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  Kenya} 2:02:57 Current marathon world record holder
Stephen Kiprotich  Uganda Gold medal icon.svg 2012 Gold medal icon.svg 2013 2:07:20
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich  Kenya Bronze medal icon.svg 2012 2:03:42 Former marathon world record holder
Abel Kirui  Kenya Silver medal icon.svg 2012 Gold medal icon.svg 2009
Gold medal icon.svg 2011
2:06:51
Hannes Kolehmainen  Finland Gold medal icon.svg 1920
Lee Bong-Ju  South Korea Silver medal icon.svg 1996 2:07:20 Winner of the Boston Marathon in 2001
Martin Lel  Kenya Gold medal icon.svg 2007/2008
Silver medal icon.svg 2006/2007
5 2:05:15
Vanderlei de Lima  Brazil Bronze medal icon.svg 2004
Tom Longboat  Canada
Carlos Lopes  Portugal Gold medal icon.svg 1984 2:07:12 Former marathon world record holder
Frederick Lorz  United States 1 Disqualified from 1904 Olympics after crossing first, but legitimately won the Boston Marathon a year later
Spyridon Louis  Greece Gold medal icon.svg 1896 First Olympic gold medalist for the marathon
Patrick Makau  Kenya Gold medal icon.svg 2011 1 2:03:38 Former marathon world record holder
Deriba Merga  Ethiopia 2 2:06:39
Greg Meyer  United States 2 2:09:00 Won 1983 Boston Marathon
Franjo Mihalić  Independent State of Croatia
 Yugoslavia
Silver medal icon.svg 1956 1 2:21:24
Alain Mimoun  France Gold medal icon.svg 1956
Steve Moneghetti  Australia (5) 1988
1992
1996
(10) 2000
Bronze medal icon.svg 1997
Koichi Morishita  Japan Silver medal icon.svg 1992 2 2:08:53
Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai  Kenya Silver medal icon.svg 2009 1
Takeyuki Nakayama  Japan (4) 1988
(4) 1992
5 2:08:15
Gerard Nijboer  Netherlands Silver medal icon.svg 1980 2:09:01
Tsuyoshi Ogata  Japan (12) 2003
Bronze medal icon.svg 2005
(5) 2007
1 2:08:37
Benjamín Paredes  Mexico (8) 1996
(64) 2000
2 2:10:40
Jim Peters  United Kingdom 2:19:22 Set the World Record four times, the first person to have run a sub-2:20:00 marathon.
António Pinto  Portugal 1988
1992
(14) 1996
(11) 2000
4 2:06:36 One of two holders of European record
Orlando Pizzolato  Italy (16) 1988 (7) 1987 3 2:10:57
Hendrick Ramaala  South Africa (12) 2000 (9) 2003
(27) 2007
2 2:09:28
Julio Rey  Spain (37) 2001
Silver medal icon.svg 2003
(8) 2005
4 2:06:52
Bill Rodgers  United States (40) 1976 22 2:09:27 Posted multiple major victories in the late 1970s. Held the American record multiple times.
Alberto Salazar  United States 4 2:08:13 Won the New York Marathon for 3 consecutive years
Marílson Gomes dos Santos  Brazil 2 2:08:43 First South American to win the New York Marathon
Nobuyuki Sato  Japan Bronze medal icon.svg 1999 2:08:48
Toshihiko Seko  Japan (14) 1984
(9) 1988
10 2:08:27
Morio Shigematsu  Japan 6 2:12:00 Held world record June 12, 1965 – December 3, 1967
Frank Shorter  United States Gold medal icon.svg 1972
Silver medal icon.svg 1976
2:10:30 Only American to win multiple medals in the Olympic marathon
Silvio Guerra  Ecuador (14) 2000 2 2:09:49 Holds Ecuadorian Marathon Record since 1997
Germán Silva  Mexico (6) 1996 2 2:08:56 Won the New York Marathon for two consecutive years
Fauja Singh  United Kingdom Holder of multiple records in the 90+ age group
Shigeru So  Japan 6 2:09:05
Takeshi So  Japan (4) 1984 4 2:08:55
Sohn Kee-chung  Japan Gold medal icon.svg 1936 9 2:25:14 First Korean Olympic Champion in any discipline, while representing Japan. Held the World Record for the longest span of 11.5 years.
Albin Stenroos  France Gold medal icon.svg 1924
Toshinari Takaoka  Japan (4) 2005 1 2:06:16
Hiromi Taniguchi  Japan (8) 1992 Gold medal icon.svg 1991
5 2:07:40
Josia Thugwane  South Africa Gold medal icon.svg 1996
(20) 2000
4 2:07:28
Tesfaye Tola  Ethiopia Bronze medal icon.svg 2000 2:06:57 [6]
Erick Wainaina  Kenya Bronze medal icon.svg 1996
Silver medal icon.svg 2000
(7) 2004
(18) 1995 7 2:08:43 One of the few athletes[clarification needed] in Olympic history to finish in the top 10 at three separate marathons
Samuel Wanjiru  Kenya Gold medal icon.svg 2008 (4) 2007/2008
Gold medal icon.svg 2008/2009
Gold medal icon.svg 2009/2010
4 2:05:10 Holds current Olympic record
Mamo Wolde  Ethiopia Gold medal icon.svg1968
Bronze medal icon.svg 1972
Dimitrion Yordanidis  Greece Oldest man to complete a marathon, at age 98 [7]
Emil Zátopek  Czechoslovakia Gold medal icon.svg 1952
(6) 1956
Won Olympic gold in his first marathon in Olympic record time

Women[edit]

Joan Benoit won gold in the first ever women's Olympic marathon during the 1984 games
Name Country Olympics IAAF WC WMM 1st Career Best Other Ref
Tomoe Abe  Japan Bronze medal icon.svg 1993 3 2:26:09 Holder of IAAF 100 km Road Women's World Record
Yukiko Akaba  Japan (5) 2011 2:24:08
Elfenesh Alemu  Ethiopia (6) 2000
(4) 2004
3 2:24:29
Yuko Arimori  Japan Silver medal icon.svg 1992
Bronze medal icon.svg 1996
2 2:26:39
Junko Asari  Japan Gold medal icon.svg 1993 3 2:26:10
Joan Benoit  United States Gold medal icon.svg 1984 3 2:21:21 First female gold medalist in women's marathon
Carla Beurskens  Netherlands (22) 1984
(34) 1988
(17) 1987 14 2:28:27
Joyce Chepchumba  Kenya Bronze medal icon.svg 2000 2:23:22
Masako Chiba  Japan Bronze medal icon.svg 2003 4 2:21:45
Zhou Chunxiu  China Bronze medal icon.svg 2008 2:19:51
Constantina Diţă-Tomescu  Romania Gold medal icon.svg 2008 1 2:21:30
Adriana Fernández  Mexico 1 2:24:06 First Mexican woman to win the New York City Marathon, in a time of 2:25:06
Franca Fiacconi  Italy (13) 1997 1 2:25:17
Katrin Dörre-Heinig  East Germany
 Germany
Bronze medal icon.svg 1988
(5) 1992
(4) 1996
Bronze medal icon.svg 1991
(6) 1993
17 2:24:35
Kayoko Fukushi  Japan Bronze medal icon.svg 2013 2:24:21
Jacqueline Gareau  Canada (5) 1983 3 2:30:58
Tiki Gelana  Ethiopia Gold medal icon.svg 2012 1 2:18:58
Bobbi Gibb  United States 3 First woman to run the entire Boston Marathon
Kara Goucher  United States (10) 2009 2:25:53
Lidiya Grigoryeva  Russia 4 2:25:10
Ari Ichihashi  Japan Silver medal icon.svg 1999 2:27:02
Helena Javornik 3 2:27:33
Priscah Jeptoo  Kenya Silver medal icon.svg 2012 Silver medal icon.svg 2011 2:20:14
Olivera Jevtić  Serbia 4 2:25:23
Deena Kastor  United States Bronze medal icon.svg 2004 2:19:36
Mary Keitany  Kenya Bronze medal icon.svg 2010/2011 2:18:37
Edna Kiplagat  Kenya Silver medal icon.svg 2010/2011 2:19:50
Lornah Kiplagat  Kenya 4 2:22:22
Renata Kokowska  Poland 3 2:26:20
Salina Kosgei  Kenya Bronze medal icon.svg 2009/2010 2:23:22
Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway Gold medal icon.svg 1987
(7) 1991
15 2:21:06 One of the best female distance runners in the 1980s
Véronique Marot  United Kingdom (16) 1992 (22) 1987 4 2:25:56
Lisa Martin  Australia Silver medal icon.svg 1988 5 2:23:51
Catherina McKiernan  Ireland 3 2:22:23 Multiple medalist at the World Cross Country Championships.
Irina Mikitenko  Germany Gold medal icon.svg 2007/2008
Gold medal icon.svg 2008/2009
Silver medal icon.svg 2009/2010
2:19:19
Lorraine Moller  New Zealand (5) 1984
(33) 1988
Bronze medal icon.svg 1992
(46) 1992
9 2:28:17
Rosa Mota  Portugal Bronze medal icon.svg 1984
Gold medal icon.svg 1988
Gold medal icon.svg 1987 6 2:23:29 Awarded 1988 Abebe Bikila Award
Catherine Ndereba  Kenya Silver medal icon.svg 2004
Silver medal icon.svg 2008
Gold medal icon.svg 2003
Silver medal icon.svg 2005
Gold medal icon.svg 2007
7 2:18:47
Mizuki Noguchi  Japan Gold medal icon.svg 2004 Silver medal icon.svg 2003 5 2:19:12 Asia Record holder, Course Record holder of Berlin Marathon
Yoshimi Ozaki  Japan Silver medal icon.svg 2009 2 2:23:130
Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova  Russia Bronze medal icon.svg 2012 2:23:29
Uta Pippig  East Germany
 Germany
(6) 1991 2:21:45 First woman to win the Boston Marathon three consecutive times
Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 2 Gold medal icon.svg 3 2:24:41 2:25:05
Paula Radcliffe  United Kingdom Gold medal icon.svg 2005 8 2:15:25 Holder of several long distance world records
Fatuma Roba  Ethiopia Gold medal icon.svg 1996
(9) 2000
(19) 1995
(13) 2001
5 2:23:21
Allison Roe  New Zealand 2 2:25:29
Yoko Shibui  Japan 4 2:19:41
Liliya Shobukhova  Russia Gold medal icon.svg 2009/2010
Gold medal icon.svg 2010/2011
2:18:20
Lidia Șimon  Romania Silver medal icon.svg 2000 2:22:54
Hiromi Suzuki  Japan Gold medal icon.svg 1997 2 2:26:27
Kathrine Switzer  United States 1 2:51:37 First woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry
Naoko Takahashi  Japan Gold medal icon.svg 2000 7 2:19:46
Reiko Tosa  Japan Silver medal icon.svg 2001
Bronze medal icon.svg 2007
3 2:22:46
Grete Waitz  Norway Silver medal icon.svg 1984 Gold medal icon.svg 1983 13 2:24:54
Gete Wami  Ethiopia Gold medal icon.svg 2006/2007
Silver medal icon.svg 2007/2008
4 2:21:34
Sachiko Yamashita  Japan (4) 1992 Silver medal icon.svg 1991 2:29:57
Valentina Yegorova  Russia Gold medal icon.svg 1992
Silver medal icon.svg 1996
1 2:23:33


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  2. ^ "Dionicio Cerón". IAAF. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  3. ^ Cotswolds runner Steve Edwards sets world marathon record
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