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1976 Olympic Games Montreal - Men's Marathon



Host City: Montréal, Canada Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.
Date Started: July 31, 1976  
Date Finished: July 31, 1976  
(Competitors: 67; Countries: 35)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Overview by IAAF    1976_olympic_stadium.jpg
Shorter, and his teammate Bill Rodgers, were the favourites, but Rodgers had a foot injury which left him in 40th place by the finish. Rodgers led the pack on a wet humid day at 10Km (30:48), and Shorter was in front at 20Km (1:01:24) with a group of seven men in attendance. By 30Km (1:32:08) only Cierpinski was with the American, with Drayton third, and Rodgers still in the top six, alongside Viren who was attempting a Zátopek treble. Just before 35Km Cierpinski broke clear of Shorter, leading him by 13 seconds at that point, with Shorter easing slightly, resigned to take silver. Cierpinski considered that he had a psychological advantage over the American, knowing just how good he was, while he realised that Shorter knew nothing about his strengths and weaknesses. The tall (1.90m) Kardong was now third, ahead of Lismont, but the gutsy European champion went past the cramping American for the bronze. Viren was a creditable fifth ahead of Drayton. Cierpinski, like Gaston Roelants a former steeplechaser, had improved nearly 2½ minutes over his best, a win in the ’76 national championships in May.
Summary by      
By 1976, defending champion Frank Shorter was comfortably established as the top marathon runner in the world. For four consecutive years (1971-74), he had won what was considered the top race in the world, Japan’s Fukuoka Marathon. His biggest competition in Montréal was expected to come from another American, Bill Rodgers, who had surprised in 1975 by winning the Boston Marathon in 2-09:55. Canada’s Jerome Drayton had won the 1975 Fukuoka race over Australian Dave Chettle and Rodgers. Two Japanese runners, Akio Usami and Shigeru So, were also highly considered.
But the big story in Montréal was a runner who had never before run a marathon. A last-minute entry was Finland’s Lasse Virén who in both 1972 and 1976 had won the 5,000 and 10,000 on the track. He entered the marathon to attempt to duplicate Emil Zátopek’s distance triple from 1952.
The day of the race was warm and overcast, but a drizzle at the start turned into a steady rain throughout the race. This was not good news for Shorter, who did not like to run in the rain. Bill Rodgers pushed the early pace but he was running with an injured hamstring and would eventually fall back. At 25 km. the lead group included Shorter, Rodgers, Virén, Drayton, and a little-known East German former steeplechase runner, Waldemar Cierpinski. Shorter then put in a surge, attempting to drop the field, and only Cierpinski responded. At 30 km. it was Cierpinski who surged and Shorter could not match him. He gradually pulled away and won by almost 50 seconds. Shorter won the silver medal and the bronze went to the defending silver medalist, Belgium’s Karel Lismont. Lasse Virén finished a respectable sixth.
Marathon Men     Final 31 July      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.09.55     Waldemar Cierpinski East Germany GDR 3 Aug 50  
2 2.10.46     Frank Shorter United States USA 31 Oct 47  
3 2.11.13     Karel Lismont Belgium BEL 8 Mar 49  
4 2.11.16     Don Kardong United States USA 22 Dec 48  
5 2.13.11     Lasse Virén Finland FIN 22 Jul 49  
6 2.13.30     Jerome Drayton Canada CAN 10 Jan 45  
7 2.13.33     Leonid Moseyev Soviet Union URS 21 Oct 52  
8 2.14.25     Franco Fava Italy ITA 3 Sep 52  
9 2.15.34     Aleksandr Gotskiy Soviet Union URS 25 Oct 47  
10 2.15.52     Hendrik Schoofs Belgium BEL 6 Oct 50  
11 2.16.22     Shivnath Singh India IND 11 Jul 46  
12 2.16.33     Choe Chang Sob North Korea PRK 18 Jul 55  
13 2.16.56     Massimo Magnani Italy ITA 4 Oct 51  
14 2.17.40     Göran Bengtsson Sweden SWE 25 Nov 49  
15 2.17.43     Kazimierz Orzel Poland POL 26 Aug 43  
16 2.17.51     Håkan Spik Finland FIN 18 Aug 51  
17 2.17.53     Jack Foster New Zealand NZL 23 May 32  
18 2.18.09     Mario Cuevas Mexico MEX 22 Jul 49  
19 2.18.21     Rodolfo Gómez Mexico MEX 30 Oct 50  
20 2.18.26     Shigeru Soh Japan JPN 9 Jan 53  
21 2.18.44     Noriyasu Mizukami Japan JPN 6 Oct 47  
22 2.18.53     Anacleto Pinto Portugal POR 25 Feb 48  
23 2.19.35     José de Jesús Puerto Rico PUR 18 Sep 54  
24 2.19.46     Yuriy Velikorodnykh Soviet Union URS 18 Feb 42  
25 2.19.48     Jos Hermens Netherlands NED 8 Jan 50  
26 2.20.05     Jeff Norman Great Britain GBR 6 Feb 45  
27 2.20.27     Jukka Toivola Finland FIN 7 Sep 49  
28 2.20.45     Jørgen Jensen Denmark DEN 10 Apr 44  
29 2.21.42     Mihaíl Koúsis Greece GRE 10 Oct 53  
30 2.22.09     Tom Howard Canada CAN 20 Sep 48  
31 2.22.19     Keith Angus Great Britain GBR 5 Apr 43  
32 2.22.30     Akio Usami Japan JPN 31 May 43  
33 2.22.43     Rigoberto Mendoza Cuba CUB 4 Jan 46  
34 2.22.57     Fernand Kolbeck France FRA 11 Oct 44  
35 2.23.57     Chris Wardlaw Australia AUS 3 Mar 50  
36 2.24.17     Wayne Yetman Canada CAN 8 Oct 46  
37 2.24.30     Huseyin Aktaş Turkey TUR 25 Mar 41  
38 2.24.47     Veli Balli Turkey TUR 10 Dec 49  
39 2.24.57     Jim McNamara Ireland IRL 17 Apr 39  
40 2.25.15     Bill Rodgers United States USA 23 Dec 47  
41 2.26.00     Hipolito Lopez Honduras HON 7 Feb 52  
42 2.27.07     Danny McDaid Ireland IRL 4 Aug 41  
43 2.27.23     Eusebio Cardozo Asuncion Paraguay PAR 15 Aug 50  
44 2.27.39     Kim Chang-Son South Korea KOR 11 Apr 52  
45 2.28.32     Barry Watson Great Britain GBR 13 Feb 44  
46 2.28.38     Agustin Fernández Spain ESP 11 May 38  
47 2.28.46     Jerzy Gros Poland POL 21 Feb 45  
48 2.29.25     Luis Raudales Honduras HON 21 May 56  
49 2.29.44     Jairo Cubillos Ramirez Colombia COL 20 Aug 54  
50 2.30.07     Baikhunta Manandhar Nepal NEP 24 Dec 52  
51 2.31.02     Antonino Baños Spain ESP 7 Dec 45  
52 2.31.55     Goe Chun Son North Korea PRK 2 Jun 52  
53 2.35.00     Victor Serrano Puerto Rico PUR 20 Sep 49  
54 2.35.45     Günther Mielke West Germany FRG 30 Nov 42  
55 2.35.47     Neil Cusack Ireland IRL 30 Dec 51  
56 2.38.05     Tau John Tokwepota Papua New Guinea PNG 25 Jun 56  
57 2.38.23     Victor Idava Philippines PHI 28 May 56  
58 2.39.18     Raymond Swan Bermuda BER    
59 2.41.49     John Kokinai Papua New Guinea PNG 17 May 51  
60 2.45.32     Lucio Guachalla Bolivia BOL 19 Oct 49  
  DNF     Thancule Dezart Haiti HAI 15 Apr 47  
  DNF     Santiago Manguan Spain ESP 25 Jul 41  
  DNF     Giuseppe Cindolo Italy ITA 5 Aug 45  
  DNF     Dave Chettle Australia AUS 14 Sep 51  
  DNF     Ross Haywood Australia AUS 18 Feb 47  
  DNF     Kevin Ryan New Zealand NZL 22 Jul 49  
  DNF     Rafael Mora Colombia COL 4 Jun 52  
More Details by Marathoninfo
Saturday, July 31, 1976 at 17:30 Waldemar Cierpinski (GDR) 25 years 67 of 36 countries 7 (10.45%)
The Montreal Olympics were marked by the boycott of African countries. Two weeks before the games, the organization of African Unity had asked that New Zealand be excluded from Olympic competition for sending a rugby team on tour in South Africa. The IOC refused to comply, 22 African countries had left Montreal. Obviously this could affect the marathon as we know from Bikila and Wolde their qualities. Nevertheless most of the favorites are present, starting with Frank Shorter, the American defending champion hopes to do twice as well as Bikila and make history. His main rivals are fellow Bill Rodgers, the Belgian Karel Lismont, Canadian Jerome Drayton who will be on home soil, winning twice from Mecca marathoners Fukuoka. There are also Australian David Chettle, and some cite Waldemar Cierpinski that just report for some time, but it is so far from favorite Shorter knows not even.

Son of a family with three boys and three girls, Waldemar began by kicking a soccer ball, then turned to boxing. But the path of Nienburg, where he went to school in Bernburg, where he trained, ride he had to walk several times a week and that was in addition to the 6km daily surveyed to go to class, eventually discard. He needed less time to go to the stadium to Jesar, where he lived. The first time his physical education teacher had registered initially, it was not shown on the line, the second time he was ranked second without drive: the decision was taken, it would be runner foot. He first trained hard to be successful in the discipline of the 3000m steeplechase with little success. Wounded several times, he finally lost confidence in him. the 10,000m and the marathon offered him new adventures together with another springboard. If he did not reach the heights of 10000m (28'28 "in 1975), he was immediately a great marathon runner. He ran his first marathon in 1974 in 2h20'28". Already running through his head the idea to stand in Montreal.

He then went to Kosice, an international marathon-reaching, where he passed the time of 2h17'30 "and 7th place. He goes into overdrive before these encouraging time, and won his first marathon in Karl Marx Stadt in 2h13'57 ", thus the party of the elite. But the best time will be realized during the East German selections in Wittenberg where he won in 2h12'21 ". Despite this strong growth, it still seems a little" just "to win the Olympic marathon, why it is not often quoted in the race favorites.

Still, the race took place under good conditions of temperature, with light rain appeared after 15min to come to refresh the body. The race itself will take a long time to settle, it was not until the 15th km race to see a group break away, this group is composed of Shorter, Chettle, Drayton, Lismont, Rodgers, Cierpinski the Finn Viren ( winner of the 5000m and 10000m, he wanted to republish the feat of Zatopek and achieve the treble), the Australian Wardlaw will be the first to let go, and the Indian Shivnat Singh. They will spend the 20th km in 1h01'24 ".

It's Shorter boss who will shake the leaders and carry out an attack, causing breakage. Cierpinski only be able after an effort of more than four minutes to fill the hole 25m which was dug by Shorter. war of nerves will start, Cierpinski say after the race: "I had difficulty following the early cracking pace I began to go well when Shorter raised its first attack I was barely back in.. his stride he was returning. it was a struggle without thank you. How often have I been tempted to let him go! I sometimes felt like giving up. But I thought of my parents, my friends and to my country. and I tried to hang me once, five times, six times maybe. "

Cierpinski was not the same as gabari Shorter, the winner of Munich is tall and slender (1m79 for 61kg) while the German has a shorter stride and powerful (1m70 for 58kg). Also it will use it to take a few meters ahead in a climb. Shorter will quickly return but after 1:44 'race, he was again outpaced the 40th km and counted 32 seconds ahead. "He did not attack, I just have not been able to follow" said Shorter on arrival. The latter he underestimated the opponent he has long taken for Switzerland and he did not know. The attacks did they not more blunt than his opponent? "For him, I came out of nowhere. It was a significant psychological advantage" declared Cierpinski, and perhaps is this a reason for the success of the German facing the US yet very strong.

When Cierpinski, bib No. 51 pinned to his wet suit, appeared at the tunnel exit, it was a great disappointment. It was believed even perceive some whistles, fortunately quickly covered with applause. Weaned from victory, the strong American colony occupying the bleachers did not expect this winner here especially as the giant table showing the race leaders had turned the last time on a Shorter in the lead. But the funniest in the history of this arrival was that Cierpinski after crossing the finish line continued its momentum, in fact if the clock had stopped on the time of 2h09'55 "(Olympic record) around counter again showed him the number one and preferred Cierpinski safe side by doing extra. Shorter turn was not far behind so ended his race in second position before the first ... !!




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