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Marathon, Women

Date17 August 2008 — 7:30
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants81 from 45 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.
Olympic Record 2-23:14 / Naoko Takahashi JPN / 24 September 2000

The women’s marathon began at 7:30 in the morning but the temperature was still 23° C. (75° F.) with 73% humidity at the start. The contenders went out very slowly, concerned about the weather, and the pack stayed together for the first hour. The halfway mark was finished in 1-15:11, when Romania’s Constantina Dita decided to push the pace. The pace seemed fast and the other favorites, notably Kenyan Catherine Ndereba, did not go with her. By 35K she had opened a 70-second lead. Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, the world-record holder, had gamely hung on early, but injuries had her well below her best and she barely finished, placing 23rd. In the last few kilometers, the chase group closed somewhat on Dita, but she was never in any trouble, winning by 22 seconds over Ndereba, to become the oldest Olympic marathon champion ever, man or woman. Chinese runners Zhou Chunxiu and Zhu Xiaolin closed quickly to finish 3-4.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
12716Constantina TomescuROU2-26:44Gold
22272Catherine NderebaKEN2-27:06Silver
31367Zhou ChunxiuCHN2-27:07Bronze
41391Zhu XiaolinCHN2-27:16
52284Martha KomuKEN2-27:23
61845Mara YamauchiGBR2-27:29
72806Irina TimofeyevaRUS2-27:31
82717Lidia ȘimonROU2-27:51
91016Souad Aït SalemALG2-28:29
102279Salina KosgeiKEN2-29:28
112372Živilė BalčiünaitéLTU2-29:33
122679Kim Kum-OkPRK2-30:01
132207Yurika NakamuraJPN2-30:19
142075Anna IncertiITA2-30:55
151679Dire TuneETH2-31:16
162543Nina RillstoneNZL2-31:16
172074Bruna GenoveseITA2-31:31
182712Luminița TalpoșROU2-31:41
192446Madaí PérezMEX2-31:47
201730Christelle DaunayFRA2-31:48
211066Benita JohnsonAUS2-32:06
222815Svetlana ZakharovaRUS2-32:16
231825Paula RadcliffeGBR2-32:38
242636Monika DrybulskaPOL2-32:39
252305Lee Eun-JeongKOR2-33:07
261846Liz YellingGBR2-33:12
273228Blake RussellUSA2-33:13
282480Beata NaigamboNAM2-33:29
292107Vincenza SicariITA2-33:31
302583Dorota GrucaPOL2-33:32
313087Tetiana FiloniukUKR2-33:35
322640Marisa BarrosPOR2-34:08
331078Lisa WeightmanAUS2-34:16
342536Kirsten Melkevik OtterbuNOR2-34:35
352548Liza Hunter-GalvanNZL2-34:51
362677Jong Yong-OkPRK2-34:52
372378Rasa DrazdauskaitėLTU2-35:09
381873Melanie KrausGER2-35:17
392558María PortilloPER2-35:19
402483Helalia JohannesNAM2-35:22
411344Zhang ShujingCHN2-35:35
421141Lucia KimaniBIH2-35:47
431557Sandra RualesECU2-35:53
441075Kate SmythAUS2-36:10
451629Yesenia CentenoESP2-36:25
462661Ana DiasPOR2-36:25
471566Nebiat HabtemariamERI2-37:03
482678Jo Bun-HuiPRK2-37:04
493322Tabitha TsatsaZIM2-37:10
503039Bahar DoğanTUR2-37:12
511214Marily dos SantosBRA2-38:10
521876Susanne HahnGER2-38:31
532300Chae Eun-HuiKOR2-38:52
541583Alessandra AguilarESP2-39:29
552456Patricia RétizMEX2-39:34
562312Lee Seon-YeongKOR2-43:23
571082Eva-Maria GradwohlAUT2-44:24
582291Yuliya ArkhipovaKGZ2-44:41
591196Sonia CalizayaBOL2-45:53
601939Eleni Donta-BaliGRE2-46:44
612444Karina PérezMEX2-47:02
621425Bertha SánchezCOL2-47:02
632054Pauline CurleyIRL2-47:16
641603María José PueyoESP2-48:01
652010Petra TeveliHUN2-48:32
662858Épiphanie NyirabaraméRWA2-49:32
672947Zuzana TomasSVK2-49:39
681435Gabriela TrañaCRC2-53:45
693119Oksana SkliarenkoUKR2-55:39
AC1654Berhane AdereETHDNF
AC1653Gete WamiETHDNF
AC2650Inês MonteiroPORDNF
AC2417Valentina DelionMDADNF
AC2201Reiko TosaJPNDNF
AC2899Olivera JevtićSRBDNF
AC2759Galina BogomolovaRUSDNF
AC2998Mariana Dias XimenesTLSDNF
AC2011Beáta RakonczaiHUNDNF
AC2354Mamorallo TjokaLESDNF
AC3264Magda Lewy-BouletUSADNF
AC3189Deena KastorUSADNF
DNS1253Nadia EjjafiniBRN