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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Women's Marathon



Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.
Date Started: July 28, 1996  
Date Finished: July 28, 1996  
(Competitors: 87; Countries: 52)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF   1996_olympic_stadium.jpg 
The heat of Atlanta meant that the race needed to start early, and at 7:05 the runners set off with temperatures which would not climb beyond 21°C. Uta Pippig (GER), who had run 2:21:45 in Boston in 1994, went to the front and led past 10Km in 34:37. At 12Km she began to fall back, eventually dropping out. Elana Meyer, silver medallist over m in Barcelona, retired with a damaged Achilles tendon at 15Km. At 18Km Roba made a break, passing 20Km in 1:08:45 with a six second lead over the pack. By 30Km the lead had stretched to 1:01 over Akimori and Yegorova after a 34:12 section. The Ethiopian continued to build the lead, though her pace slowed in the later stages, and she finished exactly two minutes clear of Yegorova. The Russian’s silver medal was the best effort in defence of a title by a female marathon runner. Akimori again placed one position behind Yegorova, though veteran Dörre almost caught her, picking up 13 seconds in the last two kilometres. Roba became the first Ethiopian woman to tin an Olympic gold medal.
Summary by      
Between 1992 and 1996 the Chinese and African women moved onto the world marathon scene. African men had been world-class distance runners since the early 1960s, but women were only becoming liberated enough to compete internationally. At the Tianjin marathon in April 1993, Chinese women finished in the eight places, all under 2-26, and four of them moved in to the world top 10 list. This followed several other stunning times by Chinese female distance runners, but many of these were later discredited when systematic doping regimens were revealed in the Chinese athletics hierarchy.
Portugal had a new women’s marathon star in Manuela Machado, who won the 1994 European Championships and the 1995 World Championships. Germany’s Uta Pippig had won the Boston Marathon in 1994-96 and was highly considered. The top African woman was likely Kenya’s Tegla Leroupe, who won the 1994 New York Marathon.
To avoid the summer heat of Atlanta, the race started at 7:05 AM, the morning after the bombing at the Centennial Olympic Park. Pippig took the early lead and led by 13 seconds at five kilometers, and she increased this to 28 second at 10 km. At 20 km. she was caught by Ethiopia’s Fatuma Roba and Pippig was also overtaken by defending champion Valentina Yegorova, Machado, Japan’s silver medalist from 1992, Yuko Arimori, and Romania’s Lidia Şimon. Pippig would eventually drop out. Roba powered ahead and held a 28-second lead at 25 km. She ran unchallenged to a 2-minute victory in a time of 2-26:05, considered very fast on the hilly course, in the Southern summer weather. Yegorova won the silver medal, and Arimori the bronze medal. Machado faded to seventh place, trailing Simon by one spot.


Standing records prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics
World Record  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:21:06 April 21, 1985 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Olympic Record  Joan Benoit (USA) 2:24:52 August 5, 1984 United States Los Angeles, United States
Season Best  Katrin Dörre (GER) 2:26:04 January 28, 1996 Japan Osaka, Japan
Marathon Women     Final 28 July      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.26.05     Fatuma Roba Ethiopia ETH 18 Dec 70  
2 2.28.05     Valentina Yegorova Russia RUS 16 Feb 64  
3 2.28.39     Yuko Arimori Japan JPN 17 Dec 66  
4 2.28.45     Katrin Dörre-Heinig Germany GER 6 Oct 61  
5 2.30.50     Rocío Rios Spain ESP 13 Mar 69  
6 2.31.04     Lidia Simon Romania ROU 4 Sep 73  
7 2.31.11     Manuela Machado Portugal POR 9 Aug 63  
8 2.31.16     Sonja Oberem Germany GER 24 Feb 73  
9 2.31.21     Ren Xiujuan China CHN 14 Sep 74  
10 2.31.30     Anne Marie Lauck United States USA 7 Mar 69  
11 2.31.52     Małgorzata Sobańska Poland POL 25 Apr 69  
12 2.32.35     Izumi Maki Japan JPN 10 Dec 68  
13 2.33.09     Ornella Ferrara Italy ITA 17 Apr 68  
14 2.33.27     Mónica Pont Spain ESP 3 Jun 69  
15 2.34.19     Angelina Kanana Kenya KEN 16 Dec 65  
16 2.34.30     Liz McColgan Great Britain GBR 24 May 64  
17 2.34.31     Junko Asari Japan JPN 22 Sep 69  
18 2.34.48     Franziska Moser-Rochat Switzerland SUI 17 Aug 66  
19 2.35.12     Griselda González Argentina ARG 4 Dec 65  
20 2.35.31     Jang Son Ok North Korea PRK 18 Aug 74  
21 2.35.44     Irina Bogachova Kyrgyzstan KGZ 30 May 61  
22 2.35.45     Iglandini González Colombia COL 5 Feb 65  
23 2.36.14     Serap Aktas Turkey TUR 25 Sep 71  
24 2.36.22     Alena Mazouka Belarus BLR 30 Jun 67  
25 2.36.27     Marleen Renders Belgium BEL 24 Dec 68  
26 2.36.31     Kim Chung Ok North Korea PRK 27 May 75  
27 2.36.39     Maria Albertina Dias Portugal POR 26 Apr 65  
28 2.36.41     Kerryn McCann Australia AUS 2 May 67  
29 2.36.44     Aniela Nikiel-Glogosz Poland POL 1 Nov 65  
30 2.36.54     Oh Mi-Ja South Korea KOR 3 Jul 70  
31 2.36.58     Linda Somers Smith United States USA 7 May 61  
32 2.37.06     Danuta Bartoszek Canada CAN 19 Aug 61  
33 2.37.14     Maricarmen Díaz Mexico MEX 15 Jul 70  
34 2.37.19     Nelly Glauser Switzerland SUI 27 Jan 66  
35 2.38.04     Ramilya Burangulova Russia RUS 11 Jul 61  
36 2.38.43     Judit Földing-Nagy Hungary HUN 9 Dec 65  
37 2.39.06     Erika Olivera Chile CHI 14 Jan 76  
38 2.39.18     Yvonne Danson Singapore SIN 22 May 59  
39 2.39.33     Márcia Narloch Brazil BRA 28 Mar 69  
40 2.39.51     Stefanija Statkuviene Lithuania LTU 5 Sep 62  
41 2.40.46     Anne van Schuppen Netherlands NED 11 Oct 60  
42 2.41.33     Maria Polizou Greece GRE 10 Nov 68  
43 2.41.56     Guadalupe Loma Mexico MEX 12 Dec 67  
44 2.42.01     Anuta Catuna Romania ROU 1 Oct 68  
45 2.42.08     Karen MacLeod Great Britain GBR 24 Apr 58  
46 2.42.21     Lorraine Moller New Zealand NZL 1 Jun 55  
47 2.43.44     Albertina Machado Portugal POR 25 Dec 61  
48 2.43.58     Anita Håkenstad Norway NOR 19 Feb 68  
49 2.44.12     Ana Isabel Alonso Spain ESP 16 Aug 63  
50 2.44.21     Natalya Galushko Belarus BLR 18 Sep 71  
51 2.44.23     Adriana Fernández Mexico MEX 4 Apr 71  
52 2.44.38     May Allison Canada CAN 25 Oct 64  
53 2.46.58     Helena Javornik Slovenia SLO 26 Mar 66  
54 2.48.58     Marilu Salazar Peru PER 27 Oct 65  
55 2.49.30     Suzana Ciric Yugoslavia YUG 12 Jul 69  
56 2.50.05     Nadia Prasad France FRA 6 Oct 67  
57 2.50.46     Sue Malaxos Australia AUS 30 Dec 61  
58 2.52.09     Suzanne Rigg Great Britain GBR 29 Nov 63  
59 2.56.19     Elisabeth Mongudhi Namibia NAM 15 Jun 70  
60 2.56.23     Solange de Souza Brazil BRA 5 Feb 69  
61 3.09.08     Gulsara Dadabayeva Tajikistan TJK 4 Jul 76  
62 3.16.19     Bimala Ranamagar Nepal NEP 2 Jul 71  
63 3.19.06     Erhemsaihan Davaajargal Mongolia MGL 19 May 69  
64 3.25.16     Sirivanh Ketavong Laos LAO 1 Sep 70 NR
65 3.27.28     Marie Benito Guam GUM 9 Aug 65  
  DNF     Lisa Ondieki Australia AUS 12 May 60  
  DNF     Alla Zhilyayeva Russia RUS 5 Feb 69  
  DNF     Maura Viceconte Italy ITA 3 Oct 67  
  DNF     Lee Mi-kyung South Korea KOR 26 May 75  
  DNF     Carmen de Oliveira Brazil BRA 17 Aug 65  
  DNF     Elana Meyer South Africa RSA 10 Oct 66  
  DNF     Salina Chirchir Kenya KEN 28 Aug 68  
  DNF     Joyce Chepchumba Kenya KEN 6 Nov 70  
  DNF     Uta Pippig Germany GER 7 Sep 65  
  DNF     Lyubov Klochko Ukraine UKR 26 Sep 59  
  DNF     Kang Soon-Duk South Korea KOR 29 Oct 74  
  DNF     Jenny Spangler United States USA 20 Jul 63  
  DNF     Kamila Gradus Poland POL 19 Mar 67  
  DNF     Carol Walsh Malta MLT 24 Oct 62  
  DNF     Martha Tenorio Ecuador ECU 6 Aug 67  
  DNF     Kirsi Mattila Finland FIN 17 Mar 62  
  DNF     Madina Biktagirova Russia RUS 20 Sep 64  
  DNF     Gitte Karlshøj Denmark DEN 14 May 59  
  DNF     Jane Salumäe Estonia EST 17 Jan 68  
  DNF     Cristina Pomacu Romania ROU 15 Sep 73  
  DNF     Maria Curatolo Italy ITA 12 Oct 63  
More Details by Marathoninfo
Sunday, July 28 at 7:05 Fatuma Roba (Ethiopia) 22 years old DE51 86 countries 21 (24.41%)
The Atlanta Olympics mark the centennial of the modern games, a long time it was thought that Athens would get them but it is ultimately the US who obtenirent organization, for what many have called at the time the "Coca Cola Games" . Still, the marathon events were well organized. An event came to disturb the tranquility of these games, Saturday, July 27, a homemade bomb exploded in the night at 1:25 inside the Olympic Park, killing one person and injured hundreds. The panic was at its height, and it is in this atmosphere that was given the next day at 7:05 departure of the women's marathon. Among the favorites, the German Utta Pippig, who was born in East Germany she had left to settle in the west early in 1990. Winner in Berlin in 1990.1992 and 1995; in New York in 1993; in Boston in 1994.1995 and 1996, she was face serious client. It will itself get lost in a rapid exit strategy that proved not pay, in fact she wanted to build a great advantage when the thermometer was low before the seconds taken other soon overwhelmed by the hots do gently melt in the sun, hoping to keep a minimum advance on arrival. Unfortunately for her, the temperature remains fairly stable from one end to another of the event, and it will overflow before mid-race before retiring.

This serious candidate is being self-destroyed, was up against other "clients", starting with the defending champion Yegorova; Portuguese Machado, who took over from his compatriot Mota retaining the European title in Portugal in 1994 in Helsinki, then by winning the World Championships in Gothenburg in 1995; Japanese Arimori medalist in Barcelona and came back just in time after a series of injuries that had disabled the two Olympiads; Katrin Doerre another German, Romanian Lidia Simon and the young Ethiopian Fatuma Roba. You could also put among the favorites Xijuan Chinese Ren, not knowing what to stick with these athletes who had seen a number of impressive results achieved by athletes previously unknown, with four Chinese propelled into the top ten time ever achieved by marathon !! But it was too good to be true, especially since, however qu'enflaient doping rumors that the facts would soon support, the Chinese continued their raid record on middle distance and background. Coach Ma Juren forward that the secret of success of his troops standing in the blood they drank turtle ... In Atlanta in all cases, no Chinese was not firing on all cylinders and Xijuan Ren merely the ninth square.

But back to the race, after the flying start of Pippig, she was joined by the Ethiopian Roba to the twentieth kilometer, and it passes the halfway lead in 1h12'31 ", beating Yegorova, Arimori and Machado nine seconds. from there, the race will be only alone the Ethiopian, which will widen the gap to reach with two minutes early arrival, the biggest gap female OJ !! it Yegorova ahead of the defending and Arimori who finished second in Barcelona, ​​like what the podium is almost the same. almost as this young Ethiopian showed great class, recalling in his way of running the largest Bikila . it is imposed for the fourth time for his sixth marathon. She had made ​​a winning start by winning the marathon in 2:44:20 Addis Ababa to 2440 meters in 1993. his time formed in Atlanta, conditions far from ideal, a new record of Ethiopia in 2:23:21 she wore during her second victory in Boston in 1998 while a first success had validated his Olympic title in 1997.





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