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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Men's Marathon

 

 

Host City: Athens, Greece
Dates: August 1–10, 1997
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
Fiz came close to becoming the first marathoner to retain a world title but had to concede to the superior finishing powers of his compatriot Antón, a man who has run 1500m in 3:37.5. It was another Spaniard, Roncero, who led at halfway in 67:08, the hot weather and severity of the historic Marathon to Athens course ensuring times would not be fast. At that point Fiz and Antón shared fourth place in 67:15 but they drew clear of the field in the 29th kilometre. Fiz tried all he could to shake off his opponent, but Antón, the reigning European 10,000m champion running only his third marathon (having won the previous two), easily outsprinted him over the final 500m. With Roncero finishing sixth Spain won the World Cup team race held in conjunction. Moneghetti, contesting his fifth World Championships, collected his first medal in third place.
 The men's marathon at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics was held in Athens, Greece, on Sunday August 10, 1997.

Records

Standing records prior to the 1997 World Athletics Championships
World record Belayneh Densamo  Ethiopia 2:06:50 April 17, 1988 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Championships record Robert de Castella  Australia 2:10:03 August 14, 1983 Helsinki, Finland
Season best Domingos Castro  Portugal 2:07:51 April 20, 1997 Rotterdam, Netherlands
 
  Marathon 10 August

Event report Marathon

It didn’t take long for the marathoners to start dropping away from the pack on a warm, sunny day on the Marathon to Panathinaikon course. By 10km, a long line of runners stretched out from the main pack of 35 or so. Ethiopia’s Turbo Tumo and South Africa’s Lawrence Peu ran at the front, hitting 10km in 31:39. In the next 5km section, moving steadily uphill, Willy Kolumbo of Congo and Namibia’s Luketz Swartboi, the 1993 runner-up, made a breakaway, passing 15km in 47:52. Defending champion Martin Fiz of Spain ran 11 seconds behind, at the head of the remaining pack of 16. By the one hour mark, that pack had stretched out, with six at the fore. Fiz and teammate Fabian Roncero, a 2:09:43 performer, led. Moments later, Roncero left the pack to chase the two leaders. At 1:05, he caught them; after staying with them for a few minutes, he took the lead. Roncero passed halfway in 1:07:08, with the main pack just seven seconds back. A kilometre later, the pack absorbed the breakaway runners. Nine remained, including three Spaniards: Fiz, Roncero and Abel Anton. Brazil’s Vanderlei de Lima broke away at 25km (1:20:01), quickly building up a 10m lead. Two minutes later Fiz took off after de Lima and reeled him in. With Anton following, and dos Santos at a distance, Fiz increased the pace. At the 1:30 point, the three ran together, putting more distance between themselves and the rest. A kilometre later, the Spaniards left dos Santos behind, Fiz hitting 30km in 1:36:04. As the Spaniards continued to widen their lead, Australia’s Steve Moneghetti began to approach dos Santos for third. Farther back, Zebedayo Bayo of Tanzania ran just ahead of the third Spaniard, Roncero. At 35km, Fiz and Anton (1:51:40) had a 38 second lead over Moneghetti, who had passed dos Santos for the bronze position. Italy’s Danilo Goffi ran another 23 seconds back after working his way up from well behind. By the two hour mark, Moneghetti appeared to have a solid hold on bronze. At the front, Fiz still led Anton by a step, as he had for the 40 minutes previous. He passed 40km in 2:06:46, having run 15:06 for that downhill 5km segment. The suspense built in the final stages, as Anton bided his time while Fiz did the pacework. At 2:12:30 in the race, just when Panathinaikon Stadium came into sight, Anton flew past his teammate. He entered the stadium with a healthy lead, waving to the crowd as Fiz vainly tried to respond to the sprint. Anton crossed the finish in 2:13:16, keeping Fiz (2:13:21) from becoming the first man ever to defend a World Championships marathon title. Moneghetti captured the bronze in 2:14:16, and Goffi nabbed 4th, after a speedy second half. The third Spaniard, Roncero, finished 6th in 2:16:53, guaranteeing Spain the World Cup team title.
  Final
1 Abel Antón ESP 24 Oct 62 2.13.16
2 Martín Fiz ESP 3 Mar 63 2.13.21
3 Steve Moneghetti AUS 26 Sep 62 2.14.16
4 Danilo Goffi ITA 3 Dec 72 2.14.47
5 Luíz Antônio dos Santos BRA 6 Sep 64 2.15.31
6 Fabián Roncero ESP 19 Oct 70 2.16.53
7 Giacomo Leone ITA 10 Apr 71 2.17.16
8 Azzedine Sakhri ALG 28 Jun 68 2.17.44
9 Eduard Tukhbatullin RUS 13 Oct 71 2.17.44
10 António Rodrigues POR 14 Jun 63 2.17.54
11 Philippe Rémond FRA 9 Nov 63 2.18.19
12 Xolile Yawa RSA 29 Sep 63 2.18.37
13 Dave Scudamore USA 15 Feb 70 2.18.41
14 Mwenze Kalombo COD 7 Jun 70 2.19.18
15 José Manuel García ESP 24 Jan 66 2.19.31
16 Bruce Deacon CAN 5 Dec 66 2.20.29
17 Dave Buzza GBR 6 Dec 62 2.20.34
18 José Luis Molina CRC 8 Mar 65 2.20.55
19 Nikólaos Polías GRE 28 Mar 71 2.21.03
20 Mostafa El Damaoui MAR 70 2.21.05
21 Ahmed Hussein ETH 73 2.21.08
22 Akira Manai JPN 1 Sep 71 2.21.23
23 Vanderlei de Lima BRA 11 Aug 69 2.21.48
24 Omar Daher DJI 1 Jan 66 2.21.57
25 Shinji Kawashima JPN 4 Jun 66 2.22.33
26 Baek Seung-Do KOR 16 Jun 68 2.22.40
27 Sean Quilty AUS 16 May 66 2.23.10
28 João Lopes POR 4 Mar 67 2.23.15
29 Jean-Pierre Monciaux FRA 7 Oct 62 2.23.19
30 Francesco Ingargiola ITA 15 Feb 73 2.23.30
31 Stéphane Franke GER 12 Feb 64 2.23.53
32 Karel David CZE 8 Feb 64 2.24.42
33 Adam Motlagale RSA 6 Mar 61 2.24.49
34 Katsuhiko Hanada JPN 12 Jun 71 2.25.00
35 Max Wenisch AUT 24 Jun 61 2.25.12
36 Osmiro Silva BRA 9 Oct 61 2.25.37
37 Antonio Zeferino CPV 17 Jan 66 2.25.56
38 Dominique Chauvelier FRA 3 Aug 56 2.26.06
39 Abner Chipu RSA 2 Jan 72 2.26.06
40 Takahiro Hattori JPN 27 Nov 71 2.26.33
41 Valdenor dos Santos BRA 21 Dec 69 2.27.12
42 Daba Maru ETH 12 Dec 80 2.27.30
43 Sergio Jiménez MEX 7 Oct 66 2.27.30
44 Pascal Zilliox FRA 19 Sep 62 2.27.50
45 Knut Hegvold NOR 19 Sep 61 2.27.54
46 Klaus Hansen DEN 9 Mar 66 2.28.29
47 Terje Næss NOR 6 Aug 61 2.29.04
48 Pavel Loskutov EST 2 Dec 69 2.29.10
49 Jean-Paul Gahimbaré BDI 70 2.30.56
50 Luis Martinez GUA 2.31.11
51 Gi-Sheng Hsu TPE 2.31.31
52 Woliye Jara ETH 2.31.44
53 Raymond Boyd AUS 2.32.07
54 Azzedine Sakhri ALG 2.34.26
55 Molatlhegi Segobaetso BOT 2.34.47
56 Dan Held USA 2.35.19
57 Eder Moreno Fialho BRA 2.36.14
58 Koji Shimizu JPN 2.37.11
59 Asaf Bimro ISR 2.37.45
60 .Mpakeletsa Sephali LES 2.38.37
61 .Isaac Simelane SWZ 2.40.32
62 .Marco Ochoa USA 2.44.21
63 .Jon Warren USA 2.45.56
64 .Marcos Juarez GUA 2.55.14
65 .Emilio Velasquez GUA 2.56.07
66 .Sergey Zabavski TJK 3.02.49
67 .Alain Nkulu COD 3.08.32
68 .Amnaa Zebedayo Bayo TAN 3.11.19
69 .Roderic De Highden AUS 3.13.44
70 .Errol Peters GUY 3.14.30
- Sophuong Vanh CAM DNF
- Patrick Ntambwe Ngoie COD DNF
- Tumo Turbo ETH DNF
- Dale Rixon GBR DNF
- George Karagiannis GRE DNF
- Ioannis Perifanos GRE DNF
- Marcello Curioni ITA DNF
- Cosmas Ndeti KEN DNF
- Mbarak Hussein KEN DNF
- Trpe Martinovski MKD DNF
- Vitor Vasco POR DNF
- Abel Mokibe RSA DNF
- Francis Robert Naali TAN DNF
- Petro Meta TAN DNF
- Ruben Dario Maza VEN DNF
- Luketz Swartbooi NAM DNF
- Paulo Catarino POR DNF
- Ki-Shik Chang KOR DNF
- Salah Qoqaiche MAR DNF
- Alberto Juzdado ESP DNF
- Antonio Pinto POR DNF
- Andres Perez Espinosa MEX DNF
- Faustino Reynoso MEX DNF
- Lawrence Peu RSA DNF
- Abdelkader El Mouaziz MAR DNF
- Moges Taye ETH DNF
- Isidro Rico MEX DNF
- Don Janicki USA DNF
- Diego Garcia ESP DNF
- Bruno Leger FRA DNF
- Joseph Tjitunga NAM DNF
- Benjamin Paredes MEX DNF
- Vincenzo Modica ITA DNF
- Abdillahi H.Bouth DJI DNF
- William Koech KEN DNF
- Panagiotis Charamis GRE DNF
- Yayeh Aden DJI DNF
- Spyros Andriopoulos GRE DNF
- Sonam Tobgay BHU DNS
- Marco Condori BOL DNS
- Darren Wilson AUS DNS
 

10 AUG 1997 08:05 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
  Petro Meta TAN TAN 2:13:57 2:14:34
1 Paulo Catarino POR POR    
1 João Lopes POR POR    
1 António Pinto POR POR 2:07:55 2:07:55
1 Antonio Rodrigues POR POR    
1 Vitor Vasco POR POR    
2 Abel Antón ESP ESP    
2 Martín Fiz ESP ESP 2:08:05 2:08:05
2 Diego García ESP ESP 2:09:51  
2 José Manuel García ESP ESP    
2 Alberto Juzdado ESP ESP 2:11:18  
2 Fabián Roncero ESP ESP 2:09:43  
3 Raymond Boyd AUS AUS    
3 Roderic de Highden AUS AUS 2:17:42  
3 Steve Moneghetti AUS AUS 2:08:16 2:08:45
3 Sean Quilty AUS AUS 2:37:01  
3 Darren Wilson AUS AUS    
4 Vanderlei de Lima BRA BRA    
4 Luíz Antônio dos Santos BRA BRA 2:08:55 2:08:55
4 Valdenor dos Santos BRA BRA 2:10:20  
4 Eder Moreno Fialho BRA BRA    
4 Osmiro Silva BRA BRA 2:09:55  
5 Girma Daba ETH ETH    
5 Ahmed Hussein ETH ETH    
5 Woliye Jara ETH ETH    
5 Moges Taye ETH ETH    
5 Tumo Turbo ETH ETH 2:22:01  
6 Marcello Curioni ITA ITA 2:13:37 2:13:37
6 Danilo Goffi ITA ITA 2:09:13 2:09:13
6 Francesco Ingargiola ITA ITA 2:12:01 2:12:01
6 Giacomo Leone ITA ITA 2:09:07 2:09:07
6 Vincenzo Massimo Modica ITA ITA 2:11:39  
7 Abner Chipu RSA RSA    
7 Abel Mokibe RSA RSA    
7 Adam Motlagale RSA RSA    
7 Lawrence Peu RSA RSA    
7 Xolile Yawa RSA RSA    
8 Katsuhiko Hanada JPN JPN 2:10:02 2:10:02
8 Takahiro Hattori JPN JPN    
8 Shinji Kawashima JPN JPN    
8 Akira Manai JPN JPN 2:09:23 2:09:23
8 Koji Shimizu JPN JPN    
9 El Mostafa Damaoui MAR MAR 2:13:12 2:13:12
9 Abdelkader El Mouaziz MAR MAR    
9 Salah Qoqaiche MAR MAR    
10 Stéphane Franke GER GER 2:11:26 2:11:26
11 Luketz Swartbooi NAM NAM 2:09:08  
11 Joseph Tjitunga NAM NAM 2:21:57  
12 Andrés Espinosa MEX MEX 2:07:19  
12 Sergio Jimenez MEX MEX    
12 Benjamín Paredes MEX MEX 2:14:55  
12 Faustino Reynoso MEX MEX    
12 Isidro Rico MEX MEX 2:18:29  
13 Eduard Tukhbatullin RUS RUS 2:31:19  
14 Sid-Ali Sakhri ALG ALG 2:13:57  
14 Azzeddine Sakhri ALG ALG 2:13:57  
15 Rubén Dario Maza VEN VEN 2:12:02  
16 Seung-do Baek KOR KOR    
16 Ki-Shik Chang KOR KOR 2:20:40  
17 Spiridon Andriópoulos GRE GRE 2:12:04  
17 Panayotis Charamis GRE GRE    
17 George Karagiannis GRE GRE    
17 Ioannis Perifanos GRE GRE    
17 Nikólaos Poliás GRE GRE 2:16:14 2:16:14
18 Mbarak Kipkorir Hussein KEN KEN    
18 William Koech KEN KEN    
18 Cosmas N'Deti KEN KEN 2:13:40  
19 Karel David CZE CZE 2:11:57  
20 Dan Held USA USA    
20 Don Janicki USA USA 2:20:46  
20 Marco Ochoa USA USA    
20 Dave Scudamore USA USA    
20 Jon Warren USA USA    
21 Dominique Chauvelier FRA FRA 2:11:24  
21 Bruno Leger FRA FRA    
21 Jean-Pierre Monciaux FRA FRA 2:13:52 2:13:52
21 Philippe Rémond FRA FRA 2:11:22  
21 Pascal Zilliox FRA FRA    
22 Amnaay Zebedayo Bayo TAN TAN    
22 Francis Robert Naali TAN TAN    
23 Dave Buzza GBR GBR 2:23:24  
23 Dale Rixon GBR GBR    
24 Bruce Deacon CAN CAN 2:16:58  
25 Knut Hegvold NOR NOR    
25 Terje Naess NOR NOR 2:20:06  
26 Pavel Loskutov EST EST 2:33:42  
27 Klaus Peter Hansen DEN DEN    
28 Asaf Bimro ISR ISR 2:16:45 2:16:45
29 Willy Kalombo Mwenze COD COD 2:12:26  
29 Alain Nkulu Ngole COD COD    
29 Patrick Tambwe Ngoie COD COD    
30 Molatlhegi Segobaetso BOT BOT    
31 Antonio Carlos Zeferino CPV CPV    
32 Sergey Zabavski TJK TJK    
33 Gi-Sheng Hsu TPE TPE 2:14:35  
34 Trpe Martinovski MKD MKD    
35 Marcos Juarez GUA GUA    
35 Luis Martínez GUA GUA 2:18:11  
35 Emilio Velasquez GUA GUA    
36 Max Wenisch AUT AUT    
37 Errol Peters GUY GUY    
38 Sophuong Vanh CAM CAM    
39 Yayeh Aden DJI DJI 2:13:45  
39 Omar Daher Ghadid DJI DJI    
39 Omar Abdillahi DJI DJI    
40 Sonam Tobgay BHU BHU    
41 José Luis Molina CRC CRC 2:13:23  
42 Jean-Paul Gahimbaré BDI BDI    
43 Mpakeletsa Sephali LES LES    
44 Marco Antonio Condori BOL BOL    
45 Isaac Simelane SWZ SWZ
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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