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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Men's Marathon

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.
Date Started: August 9, 1992
Date Finished: August 9, 1992
(Competitors: 110; Countries: 72)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
As in 1988, the heat and humidity at the start were high (25°C, 72%), and with the race ending in Montjuïc stadium after a long uphill climb, would clearly be a tough one. The pace was slow, with Hwang leading at 10Km (31:59), and Qoqaïche at 20Km (1:04:00). Bettiol made a move just after midway (1:07:22) just as World Champion Taniguchi slipped and lost a shoe, losing 20 seconds in the process. Bettiol’s move was soon covered, and Morishita began to push the pace, with only Hwang and his teammate Kim Jae-yong able to keep up. Kim led at 30Km (1:34:42), but it was a last ditch effort, and he fell back to finish 10th. The two Asians were now leading by 100m from Freigang and Nakayama. As the long hill to Montjuïc began each man tried to break the other with brief surges. Eventually, with 2Km to go, Hwang made his big effort, and won by over 100m. Freigang beat Nakayama with a finishing kick. This was officially Korea’s first gold medal, but Hwang himself said “It was important for me to win this for Sohn Kee-Chung, the hero of 1936.”
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The 1992 men's Olympic marathon was very wide open as nobody had dominated the event in the preceding years. The Barcelona course was point-to-point, starting in Mataró, northeast of Barcelona, and finishing in the Olympic Stadium. The route followed the seacoast for the early part of the race. But the finish was brutal, ascending Montjuic, a small mountain in Barcelona where the Olympic Stadium was located. The rise was about 150 metres (480 feet), and came at the end of 42+ kilometers (26+ miles) of running.
The race started at 6:30 PM, but it was a bright, sunny day, with temperatures approaching 27° C. (80° F.). Because of the heat the pace was slow and the pack stayed together, with 30 runners still leading thru 20 km. The defending champion, Gelindo Bordin, was in that group, but dropped out shortly thereafter with a groin strain. By 30 km. the race had come down to a group of five – Kim Wan-Gi and Hwang Yeong-Jo, both of Korea, Koichi Morishita and Takeyuki Nakayama of Japan, and Germany's Stephan Freigang. This group would constitute the top four places, with Kim Wang-Gi dropping back eventually and finishing 28th. By 35 km. Hwang and Morishita had separated themselves and together to the base of Montjuic. Up the mountain, Hwang slowly pulled ahead and entered the stadium in the lead. He held on to win the gold medal, Morishita in second, 22 seconds back, and Freigang earning a bronze medal. The winning time, 2-13:23, was the slowest since 1968, and on a sea-level course, since Abebe Bikila's win in Roma in 1960.
The men's marathon finished just before the start of the Closing Ceremony. Because of the late start for the race, any runners finishing after 2-45, or at about 9:15 PM, could not finish in the main stadium, and the final runners to finish the race were re-directed to an alternate finish line on the warm-up track outside the Olympic Stadium.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1992 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  Ibrahim Hussein (KEN) 2:08:14 April 20, 1992 United States Boston, United States
 
Results
Marathon Men Final 9 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.13.23 Hwang Young-Cho South Korea KOR 22 Mar 70
2 2.13.45 Koichi Morishita Japan JPN 5 Sep 67
3 2.14.00 Stephan Freigang Germany GER 27 Sep 67
4 2.14.02 Takeyuki Nakayama Japan JPN 20 Dec 59
5 2.14.15 Salvatore Bettiol Italy ITA 28 Nov 61
6 2.14.25 Salah Qoqaïche Morocco MAR 1 Jul 67
7 2.14.32 Jan Huruk Poland POL 27 Jan 60
8 2.14.42 Hiromi Taniguchi Japan JPN 5 Apr 60
9 2.14.56 Diego García Spain ESP 12 Oct 61
10 2.15.01 Kim Jae-Ryong South Korea KOR 25 Apr 66
11 2.15.19 Harri Hänninen Finland FIN 18 Oct 63
12 2.15.21 Steve Spence United States USA 9 May 62
13 2.15.23 Ed Eyestone United States USA 15 Jun 61
14 2.15.46 Boniface Merande Kenya KEN 13 Feb 62
15 2.15.47 Bert van Vlaanderen Netherlands NED 25 Nov 64
16 2.15.51 Rex Wilson New Zealand NZL 10 Apr 60
17 2.15.53 Bob Kempainen United States USA 18 Jun 66
18 2.16.23 Rodrigo Gavela Spain ESP 5 Jan 66
19 2.16.34 Karel David Czech Republic CZE 8 Feb 64
20 2.16.38 Leszek Bebło Poland POL 8 Jul 66
21 2.16.38 Wieslaw Perszke Poland POL 18 Feb 60
22 2.17.04 Yakov Tolstikov Russia RUS 20 May 59
23 2.17.07 Tena Negere Ethiopia ETH 5 Oct 72
24 2.17.16 Osmiro Silva Brazil BRA 9 Oct 61
25 2.17.24 Abel Mokibe South Africa RSA 3 Jul 62
26 2.17.44 Rob de Castella Australia AUS 27 Feb 57
27 2.17.49 Steve Brace Great Britain GBR 7 Jul 61
28 2.18.32 Kim Wan-Ki South Korea KOR 8 Jul 68
29 2.18.52 Isidro Rico Mexico MEX 15 May 61
30 2.19.04 Ahmed Salah Djibouti DJI 31 Dec 56
31 2.19.09 Dominique Chauvelier France FRA 3 Aug 56
32 2.19.15 José Esteban Montiel Spain ESP 20 Sep 62
33 2.19.28 Thabiso Moqhali Lesotho LES 7 Dec 67
34 2.19.34 Juma Ikangaa Tanzania TAN 19 Jul 60
35 2.19.37 Derek Froude New Zealand NZL 20 Apr 59
36 2.19.38 Douglas Wakiihuri Kenya KEN 26 Sep 63
37 2.19.49 Ibrahim Hussein Kenya KEN 3 Jun 58
38 2.20.46 Gyula Borka Hungary HUN 3 Jun 59
39 2.20.51 David Long Great Britain GBR 21 Nov 60
40 2.21.03 Mirko Vindis Slovenia SLO 8 Nov 63
41 2.21.15 Paul Davies-Hale Great Britain GBR 21 Jun 62
42 2.21.15 Elphas Ginindza Swaziland SWZ
43 2.21.30 Rolando Vera Ecuador ECU 27 Apr 65
44 2.21.37 Alessio Faustino Italy ITA 10 Jun 60
45 2.21.57 Luis Soares France FRA 24 Mar 64
46 2.22.43 Paul Kuete Cameroon CMR 20 May 67
47 2.23.38 Helmut Schmuck Austria AUT 7 Apr 63
48 2.23.42 Steve Moneghetti Australia AUS 26 Sep 62
49 2.23.44 Konrad Dobler Germany GER 27 Apr 57
50 2.23.47 Mwenze Kalombo DR Congo COD 7 Jun 70
51 2.24.11 John Treacy Ireland IRL 4 Jun 57
52 2.25.18 Herman Suizo Philippines PHI 19 Jan 59
53 2.25.31 Kimball Reynierse Aruba ARU 10 Jan 61
54 2.25.32 Nelson Zamora Uruguay URU 6 May 59
55 2.25.50 Daniel Böltz Switzerland SUI 17 Jul 62
56 2.26.00 Joseildo Rocha Brazil BRA 20 Feb 65
57 2.26.01 Juan Camacho Bolivia BOL 4 Jun 59
58 2.26.17 Cephas Matafi Zimbabwe ZIM 24 May 71
59 2.26.56 Mohamed Salmi Algeria ALG 11 Nov 63
60 2.27.44 Ildephonse Sehirwa Rwanda RWA
61 2.28.25 Zehirun Gizaw Ethiopia ETH 21 Mar 65
62 2.28.39 Jaime Ojeda Chile CHI 3 Aug 63
63 2.29.02 Smartex Tambala Malawi MAW 30 Jul 65
64 2.30.02 Pascal Zilliox France FRA 19 Sep 62
65 2.30.26 Luis López Rocer Costa Rica CRC 17 Jul 49
66 2.30.45 Gian Luigi Macina San Marino SMR 17 Dec 63
67 2.31.15 Abdou Monzo Niger NIG 59
68 2.31.32 Roland Wille Liechtenstein LIE 1 Aug 61
69 2.31.41 Frank Kayele Namibia NAM 12 Feb 64
70 2.32.26 Hari Bahadur Rokaya Nepal NEP 2 Sep 65
71 2.32.26 Kuruppe Karunaratne Sri Lanka SRI 29 Apr 60
72 2.32.55 Tommy Hughes Ireland IRL 8 Jan 60
73 2.34.18 William Aguirre Nicaragua NCA 27 Dec 62
74 2.35.39 Ferdinand Amadi Central African Republic CAF 18 Sep 70
75 2.35.46 Mohamed Khamis Libya LBA 30 Dec 59
76 2.36.11 Dieudonne Lamothé Haiti HAI 29 Jul 54
77 2.37.39 Myint Kann Myanmar MYA 13 Sep 65
78 2.38.11 Calvin Dallas United States Virgin Islands ISV 2 Apr 52
79 2.39.19 Saad Mobarak Bahrain BRN 18 Sep 60
80 2.40.51 Ryu Ok Hyon North Korea PRK 18 Apr 65
81 2.41.41 Alain-Clerc Razahasoa Madagascar MAD 30 Mar 66
82 2.42.54 Michael Lopeyok Uganda UGA 16 Feb 62
83 2.45.57 Benjamin Keleketu Botswana BOT 6 Feb 65
84 2.47.06 Moussa Al-Hariry Syria SYR 1 Oct 66
85 2.56.42 Hung Van Luu Vietnam VIE 3 Oct 66
86 3.04.16 Hussein Haleem Maldives MDV 5 Mar 69
87 4.00.44 Pyambu Tuul Mongolia MGL 17 Feb 59
DNF Omar Abdillahi Djibouti DJI 12 May 67
DNF Abebe Mekonnen Ethiopia ETH 9 Jan 64
DNF Mohamed Ould Khalifa Mauritania MTN 6 May 68
DNF Luketz Swartbooi Namibia NAM 7 Feb 66
DNF Jan Tau South Africa RSA 18 Nov 60
DNF Zithulele Sinqe South Africa RSA 9 Jun 63
DNF John Burra Tanzania TAN 8 Aug 62
DNF Simon Robert Naali Tanzania TAN 9 Mar 66
DNF Ignacio Alberto Cuba Cuba CUB 31 Jul 62
DNF Apolinario Belisle Honduras HON 2 Jul 66
DNF Dionicio Cerón Mexico MEX 9 Oct 65
DNF Jorge Gonzalez Puerto Rico PUR 20 Dec 52
DNF Csaba Szűcs Hungary HUN 29 Jan 65
DNF Andy Ronan Ireland IRL 19 Jun 63
DNF Gelindo Bordin Italy ITA 2 Apr 59
DNF Tonnie Dirks Netherlands NED 12 Feb 61
DNF António Pinto Portugal POR 22 Mar 66
DNF Dionísio Castro Portugal POR 22 Nov 63
DNF Joaquim Pinheiro Portugal POR 20 Dec 60
DNF Peter Maher Canada CAN 30 Mar 60
DNF Bineshwar Prasad Fiji FIJ 18 Jul 63
DNF Diamantino dos Santos Brazil BRA 3 Feb 61
DNF Carlos Mario Grisales Colombia COL 24 Aug 66
 
 
DATED WINNER MALE AGE STARTERS WITHDRAWALS
Sunday, August 9 at 18:30 Cho-Young Hwang (Korea) 22 years old 112 from 72 countries 25 (22.32%)
 The men's race looks almost like a copy of the women's race, a cautious start of the pack, and suspense to end on the slopes of Montjuic, especially for first place for the bronze medal. Initially the Japanese marathoners take the rope with the Tokyo world champion initially Hiromi Taniguchi, accompanied by his compatriots and Morishita Koichi Nakayama Tadeyuki for counter there are the Olympic champion, the Italian Bordin accompanied Bettiol, German Freigang is also expected french side and we count on Dominique Chauvelier, Luis Soares vaiqueur Paris marathon and Pascal Zilliox unfortunately our representatives will never join in the fight for the title, the best being that ends Chauvelier 31th in 2:19:09, 6 minutes behind the winner.

So starting at a relatively slow pace, with passages in the 10th km in 31'59 "and the twentieth in 1:04 ', eventually move to semi in 1h07'22" with a package of thirty compact riders. This will also cause a major incident since the Japanese Hiromi Taniguchi fell heavily in trying to seize a little water to a position sponging, he had hooked the leg of another competitor, and had lost his shoe and thereby, the time to put her shoe, all hope of victory. The other victim of this incident was the Olympic champion Gelindo Bordin that to avoid Taniguchi in his fall, effected a jump and receives evil, feeling a pain in the groin that would force him to retire. At the same or almost the attack of fellow Bettiol is finally explode the peloton Bettiol Garcia was joined by the Spanish, Morishita Japanese, and Korean Kim Wan-ki and Cho-Young Hwang, then pat joined the German Freigang.

Korean Wan-Ki will experience a terrible failure past the 33th km, and then retouvent Morishita in head-Young Hwang and followed a few seconds then Freigang Nakayama and Bettiol. To separate the two Asian head, Montjuic. At the 40th km, Korean fate of a tunnel 20 meters ahead, he held to the end while his mother prayed for him in a temple at the other end of the earth, once the finish line crossed, he paid a malaise in the wings of the stage, the organizers hastened to conceal not the criticism directed against them. Morishita thus finished second, while Nakayama Freigang beat in the sprint for the bronze medal.

Note that for the first time, the latest arrivals marathon had no right to enter the Olympic stadium, headed to the stage warm-up not to delay the closing ceremony. Is that that the Olympic message? The last, Mongolian Tuul, arrived in 4h00'44 ", too far back for the Olympics you say? A victim of an industrial accident in 1980, he was almost blind, he could not enjoy that warm the stadium ...

Became one of the youngest winners of an Olympic marathon, Cho-young Hwang had turned 22 on 22 March. Champion academia to Scheffield in 1991, he was ranked second in Beppu Marathon in 2:08:47 in early February, behind the Mexican Dionicio Ceron. Docked by injury in 1996, his career, still marked by a victory at the Asian Games in Hiroshima in 1994, was unfortunately not very full.


 

 

 

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