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2000 Olympic Games Sydney - Men's Marathon

 

 

Host City: Sydney, Australia Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.
Date Started: October 1, 2000  
Date Finished: October 1, 2000  
(Competitors: 100; Countries: 69)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Overview by IAAF    2000_olympic_stadium.jpg
With a strong wind hindering the runners, this race was never going to be fast. A large pack of runners passed the halfway mark in 65:02, led by Domingos Castro of Portugal. At the 17-mile mark Wainaina surged but the wind held him back and he finally reduced the pack to a group of 4 with only Brown and the two Ethiopians in touch. The Kenyan dropped Brown after 21 miles and Tola two miles later. Abera surged ahead after 24 miles to become one of the youngest ever Olympic marathon winners at 22 years 161 days. Wainaina improved one place from Atlanta and Tola held off Brown for the final medal
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The Sydney marathon course was point-to-point, starting near the North Sydney Oval, and finishing in the Olympic stadium. The race started at 4 PM, but as it was early spring in Sydney on 1 October, the conditions were as cool as anything Olympic marathoners had seen since Montréal in 1976. There was no individual favorite, but African runners, especially those from Kenya and Ethiopia by now dominated international marathoning and road racing. In fact, the two nations had such deep world-class runners to choose from that even the make-up of their Olympic marathon teams was hard to pick in the months prior to the Olympics. The race itself was unspectacular. Defending champion Josia Thugwane ran, but finished 20th. Not unexpectedly, three runners from Ethiopia and Kenya mounted the podium. Ethiopia's unheralded Gezahgne Abera won the gold medal, 20 seconds ahead of Kenya's Erick Wainaina, who had won a bronze medal in 1996. Abera's countryman, Tesfaye Tola, placed third. Of the 100 starters, 81 finished the race.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics
World Record  Khalid Khannouchi (MAR) 2:05:42 24 October 1999 United States Chicago, United States
Olympic Record  Carlos Lopes (POR) 2:09:21 12 August 1984 United States Los Angeles, United States
Season Best  António Pinto (POR) 2:06:36 16 April 2000 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
 
        Results        
 
Marathon Men     Final 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.10.11     Gezahegn Abera Ethiopia ETH 23 Apr 78  
2 2.10.31     Erick Wainaina Kenya KEN 19 Dec 73  
3 2.11.10     Tesfaye Tola Ethiopia ETH 19 Oct 74  
4 2.11.17     Jon Brown Great Britain GBR 27 Feb 71  
5 2.12.14     Giacomo Leone Italy ITA 10 Apr 71  
6 2.13.06     Martín Fiz Spain ESP 3 Mar 63  
7 2.13.49     Abdelkader El Mouaziz Morocco MAR 1 Jan 69  
8 2.14.04     Mohamed Ouaadi France FRA 1 Jan 69  
9 2.14.19     Tendai Chimusasa Zimbabwe ZIM 28 Jan 71  
10 2.14.50     Steve Moneghetti Australia AUS 26 Sep 62  
11 2.15.17     António Pinto Portugal POR 22 Mar 66  
12 2.16.19     Hendrick Ramaala South Africa RSA 2 Feb 72  
13 2.16.24     Kamiel Maase Netherlands NED 20 Oct 71  
14 2.16.27     Silvio Guerra Ecuador ECU 18 Sep 68  
15 2.16.39     Mathias Ntawulikura Rwanda RWA 14 Jul 64  
16 2.16.43     Thabiso Moqhali Lesotho LES 7 Dec 67  
17 2.16.43     João N'Tyamba Angola ANG 20 Mar 68  
18 2.16.52     Domingos Castro Portugal POR 22 Nov 63  
19 2.16.59     Keith Cullen Great Britain GBR 13 Jun 72  
20 2.16.59     Josiah Thugwane South Africa RSA 15 Apr 71  
21 2.17.21     Shinji Kawashima Japan JPN 4 Jun 66  
22 2.17.21     Semretu Alemayehu Assefa Ethiopia ETH 18 Oct 70  
23 2.17.46     Kamel Kohil Algeria ALG 26 Dec 71  
24 2.17.57     Lee Bong-Ju South Korea KOR 11 Oct 70  
25 2.18.00     Greg van Hest Netherlands NED 3 Jun 73  
26 2.18.02     Pavel Kokin Russia RUS 21 Jul 74  
27 2.18.02     Andrés Espinosa Mexico MEX 4 Feb 63  
28 2.18.04     Rod De Highden Australia AUS 15 Jan 69  
29 2.18.04     Kim Jung Won North Korea PRK 20 Sep 73  
30 2.18.04     Kim Jong Chol North Korea PRK 30 Mar 72  
31 2.19.08     Pamenos Ballantyne Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN 9 Dec 73  
32 2.19.24     Ronnie Holassie Trinidad and Tobago TTO 29 Jul 71  
33 2.19.26     Michael Buchleitner Austria AUT 14 Oct 69  
34 2.19.38     Dmitriy Kapitonov Russia RUS 10 Apr 68  
35 2.19.41     Pavel Loskutov Estonia EST 2 Dec 69  
36 2.20.06     Viktor Röthlin Switzerland SUI 14 Oct 74  
37 2.20.09     Michael Fietz Germany GER 13 Nov 67  
38 2.20.33     Tahar Mansouri Tunisia TUN 1 Sep 65  
39 2.20.37     José Luis Molina Costa Rica CRC 8 Mar 65  
40 2.20.39     Carlos Tarazona Venezuela VEN 14 Aug 65  
41 2.20.52     Nobuyuki Sato Japan JPN 8 Aug 72  
42 2.21.18     Alberto Juzdado Spain ESP 20 Aug 66  
43 2.21.25     Johannes Maremane South Africa RSA 27 Sep 65  
44 2.21.38     Bruce Deacon Canada CAN 5 Dec 66  
45 2.22.23     Chung Nam-Kyun South Korea KOR 23 Oct 78  
46 2.22.30     Néstor García Uruguay URU 6 Jul 75  
47 2.22.47     Ahmed Abdelmougod Soliman Egypt EGY 19 Dec 70  
48 2.22.55     Luketz Swartbooi Namibia NAM 7 Feb 66  
49 2.23.03     Toni Bernadó Andorra AND 9 Dec 66  
50 2.23.04     Luís Novo Portugal POR 29 May 70  
51 2.23.38     Lucky Bhembe Swaziland SWZ 25 Oct 73  
52 2.23.53     Boubker El Afoui Morocco MAR 1 Jan 69  
53 2.24.04     Abel Antón Spain ESP 24 Oct 62  
54 2.24.11     Carsten Eich Germany GER 9 Jan 70  
55 2.24.35     Valeriu Vlas Moldova MDA 6 Aug 71  
56 2.24.42     Mark Steinle Great Britain GBR 22 Nov 74  
57 2.24.53     Alex Malinga Uganda UGA 27 Jul 74  
58 2.25.01     Oscar Herman Cortínez Argentina ARG 4 Aug 73  
59 2.25.13     Kil Jae Son North Korea PRK 5 May 75  
60 2.26.24     Petko Stefanov Bulgaria BUL 28 Jan 72  
61 2.26.24     Zebedayo Bayo Tanzania TAN 20 May 76  
62 2.26.38     Roman Kejžar Slovenia SLO 11 Feb 66  
63 2.26.55     Panayiótis Haramís Greece GRE 4 Dec 68  
64 2.27.17     Benjamin Paredes Mexico MEX 7 Aug 61  
65 2.28.25     Baek Seung-Do South Korea KOR 16 Jun 68  
66 2.29.32     Lee Troop Australia AUS 22 Mar 73  
67 2.29.46     Antonio Zeferino Cape Verde CPV 17 Jan 66  
68 2.30.29     Sergey Zabavskiy Tajikistan TJK 15 Jan 74  
69 2.30.46     Rod DeHaven United States USA 21 Sep 66  
70 2.31.26     Nazerdin Akylbekov Kyrgyzstan KGZ 14 Jul 66  
71 2.33.11     Calisto da Costa Timor-Leste TLS 6 Feb 79 NR
72 2.34.11     Marco Condori Bolivia BOL 26 Mar 66  
73 2.34.39     Sarath Prasanna Gamage Sri Lanka SRI 27 Jan 72  
74 2.35.42     Gian Luigi Macina San Marino SMR 17 Dec 63  
75 2.37.08     Vanderlei de Lima Brazil BRA 11 Aug 69  
76 2.38.29     Zeljko Petrovic Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 13 Sep 69  
77 2.38.53     Tiyapo Maso Botswana BOT 30 Dec 72  
78 2.39.14     Djuro Kodžo Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 13 May 71  
79 3.00.02     José Alejandro Semprún Venezuela VEN 12 Mar 73  
80 3.03.56     Rithya To Cambodia CAM 10 Oct 67  
81 3.09.14     Elias Rodriguez Federated States of Micronesia FSM 23 Aug 64  
  DNF     Patrick Ndayisenga Burundi BDI 28 Oct 71  
  DNF     Mwenze Kalombo DR Congo COD 7 Jun 70  
  DNF     Omar Daher Djibouti DJI 1 Jan 66  
  DNF     Elija Lagat Kenya KEN 19 Jun 66  
  DNF     Kenneth Cheruiyot Kenya KEN 8 Feb 74  
  DNF     Adel Edeli Libya LBA 17 Jun 71  
  DNF     Angelo Peter Simon Tanzania TAN 6 Dec 74  
  DNF     Focus Wilbroad Tanzania TAN 4 May 70  
  DNF     Takayuki Inubushi Japan JPN 11 Aug 72  
  DNF     Richard Rodríguez Aruba ARU 10 Dec 69  
  DNF     Róbert Štefko Slovakia SVK 28 May 68  
  DNF     Abdellah Béhar France FRA 5 Jul 63  
  DNF     Stefano Baldini Italy ITA 25 May 71  
  DNF     Vincenzo Modica Italy ITA 2 Mar 71  
  DNF     Piotr Gladki Poland POL 8 Feb 72  
  DNF     Gemechu Woyecha Qatar QAT 3 Feb 79  
  DNF     Eder Fialho Brazil BRA 4 May 73  
  DNF     Osmiro Silva Brazil BRA 9 Oct 61  
  DNF     José Alirio Carrasco Colombia COL 22 Feb 76  
 
More Details by Marathoninfo
 
DATED FEMALE WINNER AGE STARTERS WITHDRAWALS
Sunday, October 1st at 14h Gezahegne Abera (Ethiopia) 22 years old 100 from 67 countries 19 (19%)
The years before the Sydney games were marked by the suspiscion, EPO has appeared in the peloton, more and more rumors, starting with the Spanish performances that seem strange. While this country has never had a high level marathoners, the results obtained in the years before the games some startling in 1997 Martín Fiz wins in 2:08:05 in Otsu, then Alberto Juztado takes his well by 2:08:46 in Tokyo, then resumes Fiz well in Kyongju in 2:08:25. Then it was the turn of Alejandro Gomez to realize 2:07:54 in Rotterdam at thirty best world performance of a beginner. And it continues, Fabian Roncero realizes 2:07:26 in Rotterdam in 1998, and not forget Abel Anton in 1998 winning in London in 2:07:57. Fiz says: "It is time for Spain to win a medal in an Olympic marathon," yes but that the IOC finally taking the measure of an evil that was raging not only in the Iberian Peninsula, had hinted that 'he was now strong detect by carrying out checks before and during the games. This probably explains the poor Spanish benefits in Sydney. (Fiz 53rd in 2:24:04) .It must be said that after the Global Athens, Pablo Sierra Spanish marathoner threw a beautiful bombshell by accusing his compatriots doping with EPO, which he the record was 2:11:45 without EPO, one can understand his legitimate frustration.

The other phenomenon appeared between the two Olympiads is the explosion of Kenyans who appear en masse in all international marathons, winning everything in their path. They are 163 to perform under 2:20 in 1997 and 216 in 1998 and 244 in 1999. In 1998, for the first time they are three months in 2:08 ', then four in Chicago !! Among the best Kenyan, Ondoro Osoro (not starting in Sydney, suffered a bullet gun when steering his car), Japhet Kosgei. Only negative, the role of foreign agents, who negotiated advantageously participation of Kenyans in very statements marathons, but according Chebili Said, who told the team: "Some managers are smart African They spot talent. often in training camps organized by them on site, and they charge them. thus they make the most money. once in Europe, they offer them the possibility to dope. This is how work some big teams. "

We do not speak good results sudden Brazilian Ronaldo da Costa, by cons we should note that the world record which drops dramatically after da Costa that achieves 2:06:35, the Moroccan who realizes Khannouchi 2:05:42 in Chicago before becoming American. Wounded, he will not participate either him at the Sydney Olympics. These will ultimately faithful to tradition, an Ethiopian taking over from Bikila and Mamo Wolde, namely Gezahegne Abera. Yet his early race was difficult, so that everyone's surprise, a competitor of Botswana was alone in the lead for more than half of the race (Tiyapo masochist, that's his name, will be resumed shortly after the 25th kilometer, and eventually to thirty minutes behind the winner), Abera him in a compact pack which rubs many, was the victim of a nudge and a shove in the 17th km and is found on the ground after losing twenty meters, it will come back easily in the group, already a very good sign of form.

The thirtieth kilometer past in 1:32:48, while accelerating through Africans, four men stand out, among them the British John Brown, the Kenyan Eric Wainaina third in Atlanta and two Ethiopians Tesfaye Tolla and Abera . An attack Wainaina, will see Brown and tolla let go, Abera deserves in Kenya at 39th kilometer and immediately takes the lead in taking twenty meters, enough to win the Olympic title in 2h10'11 ".

At the time of his victory, Abera only 22, one of the youngest winner !! (but his birth date is somewhat uncertain as some said). In 1999 he had already distinguished himself by winning in Fukuoka for her third marathon in 2:07:54, then he was second to Boston in 2:09:47. This Ethiopian succeed then all it will take, counting only victory in his subsequent appearances, world champion in Edmonton in 2002 (being the first to achieve this famous dual successively), winner in Fukuoka in 2001 and 2002, and in London in 2003, only an injury will stop him and prevent him from participating in world of Paris last year. He said after his victory: "throughout the race, I thought about what this race on my country in Ethiopia, we honor our country first, before money names.. Mamo Wolde and Abebe Bikila rocked my youth when I was a shepherd. I never thought that one day I might be their equal. "

For the first time will finally be noted that the three steps of the podium were occupied by Africans, since behind the Ethiopian Abera found Kenya Wainaina again medalist (and still present in Atnènes in 2004) and the Ethiopian Tesfaye Tolla third . When the defending champion South African Thugwane, he placed 21th in 2:16:59.

 
 
 

 

 

 

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