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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Men's Marathon

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.
Date Started: October 2, 1988
Date Finished: October 2, 1988
(Competitors: 118; Countries: 66)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF  1988_olympic_stadium.jpg
An early morning start would have been kinder to the runners. The race began at 14:35 with the temperature at 25°C and humidity at 74%. A large group went through 10Km (30:32), 20Km (1:01:21) and halfway (1:04:49) together. By 30Km (1:32:49) the top Australians had fallen off the pace, and when Bordin applied pressure at 31Km, Seko was gone, leaving a bunch of six – Bordin, Nakayama, Wakiihuri, Salah, Spedding and Ikangaa. These last two tailed away at 35Km, and Nakayama began slipping back at 37Km. Salah worked hard to 39Km, and left Wakiihuri 20m behind, with Bordin a further 20m back. Bordin saw the Kenyan World Champion tiring and passed him just past 40Km (2:03:39), with Salah still four seconds ahead. Some 600m later Bordin passed Salah, and then went away from his exhausted competitors to win Italy’s first Olympic gold medal in the event, 80 years after Pietri had crossed the line in first place.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
By 1988, the great African distance runners were beginning to set their sights on the marathon distance. Between 1984 and 1988 Djibouti, which previously had no athletics history, developed several leading marathon talents, led by Ahmed Salah. Two non-Africans also impressed, with Australia's Rob de Castella winning Boston in 1986 in 2-07:51, and the Commonwealth Games gold medal that same year. Italy's Gelindo Bordin won the gold medal at the 1987 European Championships.
The race started quite early, 2:30 PM, beneath a warm sun. The course started and finished at the Olympic Stadium, and looped out-and-back along the Han-Gang River. The weather led to a slow pace and at 25 km. the lead pack still had 13 runners. By 30 km. a group of six separated themselves and would contest the medals. Bordin and Salah were in this group, but de Castella had been distanced. At 40 km. Salah led, followed by Kenya's Douglas Wakiihuri, and then Bordin. But over the next kilometer, run downhill, Bordin passed Wakiihuri and Salah and held on to win the gold medal, with Wakiihuri getting silver, and Salah bronze. The margin of 15 seconds was the smallest in an Olympic marathon since 1920.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics
World Record  Belayneh Densamo (ETH) 2:06:50 April 17, 1988 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
Olympic Record  Carlos Lopes (POR) 2:09:21 August 12, 1984 United States Los Angeles, United States
Season Best  Belayneh Densamo (ETH) 2:06:50 April 17, 1988 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
 
Results
Marathon Men Final 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.10.32 Gelindo Bordin Italy ITA 2 Apr 59
2 2.10.47 Douglas Wakiihuri Kenya KEN 26 Sep 63
3 2.10.59 Ahmed Salah Djibouti DJI 31 Dec 56
4 2.11.05 Takeyuki Nakayama Japan JPN 20 Dec 59
5 2.11.49 Steve Moneghetti Australia AUS 26 Sep 62
6 2.12.19 Charlie Spedding Great Britain GBR 9 May 52
7 2.13.06 Juma Ikangaa Tanzania TAN 19 Jul 60
8 2.13.07 Rob de Castella Australia AUS 27 Feb 57
9 2.13.41 Toshihiko Seko Japan JPN 15 Jul 56
10 2.13.49 Ravil Kashapov Soviet Union URS 15 Nov 56
11 2.13.58 Jesús Herrera Mexico MEX 22 Mar 62
12 2.14.08 John Campbell United States USA 15 Mar 62
13 2.14.40 Gerard Nijboer Netherlands NED 18 Aug 55
14 2.14.44 Pete Pfitzinger United States USA 29 Aug 57
15 2.14.53 Martin ten Kate Netherlands NED 16 Dec 58
16 2.15.20 Orlando Pizzolato Italy ITA 30 Jul 58
17 2.15.42 Masanari Shintaku Japan JPN 20 Dec 57
18 2.15.44 Kim Won-Tak South Korea KOR 21 Jul 64
19 2.16.07 Pier Giovanni Poli Italy ITA 5 Nov 57
20 2.16.15 Dieudonne Lamothé Haiti HAI 29 Jul 54
21 2.16.18 David Long Great Britain GBR 21 Nov 60
22 2.16.40 Henrik Jørgensen Denmark DEN 10 Oct 61
23 2.16.54 Ralf Salzmann West Germany FRG 6 Feb 55
24 2.17.16 Dick Hooper Ireland IRL 26 Aug 56
25 2.17.47 Mirko Vindis Yugoslavia YUG 8 Nov 63
26 2.17.54 Cai Shangyan China CHN 19 Jul 62
27 2.18.05 Joaquim Silva Portugal POR 13 Jan 61
28 2.18.20 Art Boileau Canada CAN 9 Oct 57
29 2.19.09 Ed Eyestone United States USA 15 Jun 61
30 2.19.56 Noureddine Sobhi France FRA 27 Jun 62
31 2.20.11 Yoo Jae-Song South Korea KOR 20 Feb 60
32 2.20.12 Mehmet Terzi Turkey TUR 5 May 55
33 2.20.45 Kevin Forster Great Britain GBR 27 Sep 58
34 2.20.51 Bigboy Matlapeng Botswana BOT 4 Feb 58
35 2.21.12 Allaoua Khellil Algeria ALG 24 Jul 54
36 2.22.14 Justin Gloden Luxembourg LUX 22 Mar 53
37 2.22.24 Alexandre Gonzalez France FRA 16 Mar 51
38 2.22.49 Zhang Guowei China CHN 27 Apr 59
39 2.23.34 Pedro Ortíz Colombia COL 26 Feb 56
40 2.23.45 Ronald Lanzoni Costa Rica CRC 21 Aug 59
41 2.23.49 Brad Camp Australia AUS 25 Dec 64
42 2.23.52 Adolphe Ambowode Central African Republic CAF 13 Feb 58
43 2.24.17 John Burra Tanzania TAN 8 Aug 62
44 2.24.42 Samuel Hlawe Swaziland SWZ 21 Jul 52
45 2.24.49 Juan Amores Costa Rica CRC 25 Oct 63
46 2.24.49 Peter Maher Canada CAN 30 Mar 60
47 2.25.05 Abdou Monzo Niger NIG 59 NR
48 2.25.13 Diamantino dos Santos Brazil BRA 3 Feb 61
49 2.25.25 Omar Moussa Bouh Djibouti DJI 8 Feb 61
50 2.25.34 Carlos Retiz Mexico MEX 13 Aug 61
51 2.25.35 Gary Fanelli United States USA 24 Oct 50
52 2.25.38 John Woods Ireland IRL 8 Dec 55
53 2.25.56 Gideon Mthembu Swaziland SWZ 25 Sep 63
54 2.25.57 Baikhunta Manandhar Nepal NEP 24 Dec 52
55 2.26.12 Karel David Czechoslovakia TCH 8 Feb 64
56 2.26.27 Ivo Rodrigues Brazil BRA 15 Oct 60
57 2.27.10 Martín Mondragón Mexico MEX 11 Nov 53
58 2.28.06 Thomas Dlamini Swaziland SWZ 23 Jul 58
59 2.28.15 Inni Aboubacar Niger NIG 48
60 2.29.14 Yohanna Waziri Nigeria NGR 1 Oct 64
61 2.29.44 Moheku Nteso Lesotho LES 1 Aug 62
62 2.30.29 Benjamin Longiros Uganda UGA 3 Mar 63
63 2.31.04 Vincent Ruguga Uganda UGA 12 Dec 59
64 2.31.10 Alfonso Abellán Spain ESP 21 Jul 51
65 2.31.29 Vitanakanda Samarasinghe Sri Lanka SRI 22 Jan 62
66 2.31.49 Tika Bogate Nepal NEP 26 Sep 62
67 2.32.19 David Edge Canada CAN 12 Nov 54
68 2.32.43 Luis López Rocer Costa Rica CRC 17 Jul 49
69 2.34.41 Juan Camacho Bolivia BOL 4 Jun 59
70 2.35.26 Mohamed Abbas Nigeria NGR 27 Oct 63
71 2.37.44 Ahmet Altun Turkey TUR 25 Jan 58
72 2.38.13 James Gombedza Zimbabwe ZIM 11 Apr 62
73 2.38.34 Kamana Koji DR Congo COD 13 Mar 67
74 2.40.45 João Carvalho Angola ANG 4 Nov 50
75 2.41.47 Aaron Dupnai Papua New Guinea PNG 27 Aug 68
76 2.41.50 Bineshwar Prasad Fiji FIJ 18 Jul 63
77 2.42.19 Calvin Dallas United States Virgin Islands ISV 2 Apr 52
78 2.42.52 Telesphore Dusabe Rwanda RWA 15 May 65
79 2.43.29 Eugene Muslar Belize BIZ 28 Mar 59
80 2.43.51 Hassane Karimou Niger NIG 59
81 2.44.40 Wallace Williams United States Virgin Islands ISV 23 Oct 46
82 2.44.44 Mohala Mohloli Lesotho LES 12 Nov 61
83 2.46.59 Awad Shaban Al-Sameer Oman OMA 6 May 61 NR
84 2.47.57 Derrick Adamson Jamaica JAM 24 Mar 58
85 2.47.57 Krishna Bahadur Basnet Nepal NEP 17 Feb 59
86 2.49.52 Fred Schumann Guam GUM 9 Aug 59
87 2.51.43 John Mwathiwa Malawi MAW 1 Mar 67
88 2.52.06 Marlon Williams United States Virgin Islands ISV 9 Sep 56
89 2.55.21 Kaleka Mutoke DR Congo COD 7 Jul 65
90 2.56.32 James Walker Guam GUM
91 2.58.10 Muhiddin Mohamed Kulmiye Somalia SOM 58
92 2.59.35 Fred Ogwang Uganda UGA 16 Jun 59
93 3.00.20 Naser Babapur Iran IRI 6 Nov 57
94 3.03.19 Ricardo Taitano Guam GUM
95 3.04.00 Baba Suma-Keita Sierra Leone SLE 20 Apr 58
96 3.06.27 Alassane Bah Guinea GUI 60
97 3.10.57 Nguyen Van Thuyet Vietnam VIE 19 Mar 52
98 3.14.02 Apolinario Belisle Honduras HON 2 Jul 66
DNF Ibrahim Hussein Kenya KEN 3 Jun 58
DNF Joseph Kipsang Kenya KEN 25 Sep 62
DNF Mustapha Nechchadi Morocco MAR 15 Feb 64
DNF George Mambosasa Malawi MAW 31 Jan 64
DNF Ahmed Mohamed Ismail Somalia SOM 6 Jun 64
DNF Chae Song-Rak South Korea KOR 29 May 61
DNF Dirk Vanderherten Belgium BEL 9 Mar 57
DNF Honorato Hernández Spain ESP 29 Jun 56
DNF Alain Lazare France FRA 23 Mar 52
DNS Herbert Steffny West Germany FRG 5 Sep 53
DNF Jörg Peter East Germany GDR 23 Oct 55
DNF John Treacy Ireland IRL 4 Jun 57
DNF Geir Kvernmo Norway NOR 29 Oct 55
DNF Paulo Catarino Portugal POR 30 Sep 63
DNF Bruno Lafranchi Switzerland SUI 19 Jul 55
DNF Martin Vrábel Czechoslovakia TCH 21 Sep 55
DNF Mark Conover United States USA 28 May 60
DNF Hussein Haleem Maldives MDV 5 Mar 69
DNF Abdulhadi Abdulateef Maldives MDV 10 Oct 70
DNF John Maeke Solomon Islands SOL 6 Jun 62
DNF Omar Aguilar Chile CHI 1 Dec 59
 
More Details by Marathoninfo
 
DATED WINNER MALE AGE STARTERS WITHDRAWALS
Sunday, October 2 at 14:30 Gelindo Bordin (Italy) 29 years 118 70 countries 20 (16.94%)

The first event of the men's marathon took place during the opening ceremony, indeed the last torchbearer was Korean Sohn Kee-Chung, better known under the name of Kitei Son when he won the Olympic marathon in Berlin 1936 on behalf of Japan, it was for him a nice snook at history !!

At the start of the marathon, there was no northern Ethiopian and Korean, due to Boycott (hence the absence of a better world with the Ethiopian Belayneh Dinsamo) and holder Steve Jones a time the best global brand. Despite all marathon shortage of contenders as the qualities of many riders in this period which saw the explosion of the time in less than 2:10. Among the world's top Ikangaa the Kenyan and Ibrahim Hussein, the Japanese Nakayama and Seko, the Australian De Castella best performance of the year in 2:07:51 (Boston), and runners of Djibouti, newcomers to the world marathon and Salah, and Robleh Charmake had won the first world cup held in Hiroshima in 1985. the origin of this amazing sporting miracle, there was René Frassinelli. Back from a trip in which, succeeding the French Somali coast, was still known since 1967 the Territory of the Afars and Issas, this missionary athletics, former coach Michel Jazy, had not dried up praise for the fantastic gifts untapped these runners. Two other english coaches, Jacky Fournier and Jacques Darras, were responsible for presenting them with a rational training. Including Fontainebleau, the joint school sports, where Salah, shepherd into a military, was to long stays with his companions during his career.

Finally it should be noted also among the favorites Italians in the 80s began to get results with Orlando Pizzolato or Gianni Poli and Gelindo Bordin European champion in Stuttgart in 2:10:54 before Pizzolato. "It was the time master in the Italian Primo Nebiolo reigned on the IAAF, and many facts confirmed from blood doping rumors or EPO, which then ran about its champions, facts that it covered when it has not encouraged them. "(About Raymond Sharp in his excellent book you referenced in the homepage of the Olympics).

At the 15th kilometer of couse, they are still 33 but Bordin do so is not part of this group, but it will then increase its pace to get into the leading group, composed of 24 men at kilometer 20 past 1:01 ' . 21 ", then the group will disintegrate to count only 13 riders at the 25th kilometer peloton led by Ikangaa Kenyan who seems to dominate the discussions from the start the 30th kilometer, they are only seven contenders for victory: Bordin, Wakiihuri Salah, Nakayama, Ikangaa and Charles Spedding. Between the thirtieth and fortieth kilometer, where is the moment of truth of any marathon, the course went up more often than down, combined with the effects of fatigue and hots, it led the last survivors of the frontrunners to breaking point. They are no longer qua four Salah, Bordin, Wakiihuri and Nakayama, the latter being the first to give in. on the trail of Upon arrival we found the four men separated by only a few seconds, the gap between the first and second Wakiihuri Bordin will be fifteen seconds, then twelve seconds arrive the Djiboutian Ahmed Salah. Salah, light as a feather (1m82 for 55kg) and whose resting pulse beat at 40, had a rather messy early career due to an impulsive nature. Expelled from Helsinki world platoon in which he had sown the disturbance with his sudden movements, he found himself in the ditch in 1983 before finishing 20th of the Los Angeles Olympics. He was then became African champion after his victory in the prestigious World Cup 1985 successfully renewed in 1987, which added to its glow to Rotterdam a few months before the Olympic deadline had helped to swell his confidence . But Salah was betrayed by his tight shoes, and was doubled in 1600 Bordin line in a thrilling final. Wakiihuri when with him take revenge by winning the London Marathon in 1989 in 2:09:03, and will then champion Commonwealth.

Gelindo Bordin, after this victory, made ​​a career on track and manages to win the same year the Boston Marathon in 2:08:19, which no Olympic champion had managed before him. Moreover the Italians were able to just forget the wound that for 80 years the nagging, the terrible failure Dorando Pietri was finally avenged.

 
 

 

 

 

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