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Marathon, Women

Date 5 August 2012 — 11:00
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Mall, London
Participants118 from 67 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.
Olympic Record 2-23:14 / Naoko Takahashi JPN / 24 September 2000

The race started in a downpour that lasted for the first half of the race, only to see the sun break through and shine on the runners in the final half. The pre-race favorite was Kenyan Mary Keitany, who had won the London Marathon in April, but her teammates, Edna Kiplagat and Priscah Jeptoo were expected to challenge, having placed 1-2 at the 2011 World Championships. The Kenyan team was so strong that they had swept the medals at Daegu, and third-place finisher Sharon Cherop was not even selected for the Olympic team.

The race started slowly in the rain, and at the halfway point 28 runners remained together. At 25 km Kiplagat made the first serious attack, dropping all but her teammates and the three Ethiopians, led by Tiki Gelana, who had won the Rotterdam Marathon in April in 2-18:58 and won at Amsterdam in October 2011. Russian Tatyana Arkhipova bridged to the leaders at 32 km, and by 35 km, only four were left in the main pack to contest the medals – Keitany, Jeptoo, Gelana, and Arkhipova. Keitany attempted a surge on The Embankment, similar to the one that had won her the London Marathon, but nobody budged. The four went through 40 km together and Gelana then attacked, with only Jeptoo able to respond. Gelana quickly opened about 20 metres on Jeptoo but that margin stayed intact through the finish line, as Jeptoo could not close, and Gelana could not open further, winning the gold medal by five seconds. Behind them Keitany was spent and would drop to fourth, as Arkhipova won bronze.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

With re-testing, six athletes would later be disqualified in this event, although the medalists were not implicated. The highest finisher to be DQed was Ukrainian Tetiana Hamera-Shmyrko, who originally finished fifth. Also disqualified were China’s Wang Jiali (58th), two athletes from Turkey – Bahar Doğan (62nd) and Ümmü Kiraz (88th), and two athletes who did not finish – Colombian Yolanda Caballero and Russian Liliya Shobukhova.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
11708Tiki GelanaETH2-23:07Gold
22330Priscah JeptooKEN2-23:12Silver
32884Tatyana Petrova-ArkhipovaRUS2-23:29Bronze
42331Mary KeitanyKEN2-23:56
51399Zhu XiaolinCHN2-24:48
62719Jéssica AugustoPOR2-25:11
72163Valeria StraneoITA2-25:27
82879Albina Ivanova-MayorovaRUS2-25:38
93288Shalane FlanaganUSA2-25:51
103292Kara GoucherUSA2-26:07
112537Helalia JohannesNAM2-26:09
122721Marisa BarrosPOR2-26:13
131949Irina MikitenkoGER2-26:44
142615Kim SmithNZL2-26:59
152255Ryoko KizakiJPN2-27:16
161083Lisa WeightmanAUS2-27:32
173003Isabellah AnderssonSWE2-27:36
182259Yoshimi OzakiJPN2-27:43
192334Edna KiplagatKEN2-27:52
202725Dulce FélixPOR2-28:12
211391Wang XueqinCHN2-28:21
221705Mare DibabaETH2-28:48
232557Hilda KibetNED2-28:52
242631Inés MelchorPER2-28:54
251640Alessandra AguilarESP2-29:19
262432Rasa DrazdauskaitėLTU2-29:29
272436Diana LobačevskėLTU2-29:32
282156Anna IncertiITA2-29:38
292150Rosaria ConsoleITA2-30:09
301131Diane NukuriBDI2-30:13
311937Susanne HahnGER2-30:22
321200Nastassia StaravoitavaBLR2-30:25
331184Sviatlana KouhanBLR2-30:26
342792René KalmerRSA2-30:51
352686Karolina JarzyńskaPOL2-30:57
361010Souad Aït SalemALG2-31:15
372538Beata NaigamboNAM2-31:16
381082Jess TrengoveAUS2-31:17
391549Jess Draskau-PeterssonDEN2-31:43
402362Jeong Yun-HuiKOR2-31:58
411712Aselefech MergiaETH2-32:03
422632Gladys TejedaPER2-32:07
431865Freya MurrayGBR2-32:14
442773Lidia ȘimonROU2-32:46
452513Marisol RomeroMEX2-33:08
461236Adriana da SilvaBRA2-33:15
473155Olena BurkovskaUKR2-33:26
482738Kim Kum-OkPRK2-33:30
492511Karina PérezMEX2-33:30
501422Érika AbrilCOL2-33:33
511460Lisa Christina StublićCRO2-34:03
522978Maja NeuenschwanderSUI2-34:50
531092Andrea MayrAUT2-34:51
542630Wilma ArizapanaPER2-35:09
552737Jon Kyong-HuiPRK2-35:17
561857Claire HallisseyGBR2-35:39
571605Rehaset MehariERI2-35:49
582347Yuliya AndreyevaKGZ2-36:01
591647María Elena EspesoESP2-36:12
601257Lishan DulaBRN2-36:20
611339Érika OliveraCHI2-36:41
622487Natalia CercheşMDA2-37:13
632101Linda ByrneIRL2-37:13
641542Ivana SekyrováCZE2-37:14
652106Ava HutchinsonIRL2-37:17
661340Natalia RomeroCHI2-37:47
671488Dailín BelmonteCUB2-38:08
682958Ana SubotićSRB2-38:22
693087Sultan HaydarTUR2-38:26
702476Samira Al-RaïfMAR2-38:31
712739Kim Mi-GyongPRK2-38:33
722435Remalda KergytėLTU2-39:01
732366Im Gyeong-HuiKOR2-39:03
742526Slađana PerunovićMNE2-39:07
751178Volha DubouskayaBLR2-39:12
762261Risa ShigetomoJPN2-40:06
773068Amira Ben AmorTUN2-40:13
782793Tanith MaxwellRSA2-40:27
791027María PeraltaARG2-40:50
801578Rosa ChachaECU2-40:57
812062 TriyaningsihINA2-41:15
822059Beáta RakonczaiHUN2-41:20
832765Constantina DiţăROU2-41:34
841736Leena PuotiniemiFIN2-42:01
852934Žana JerebSLO2-42:50
862420Mamorallo TjokaLES2-43:15
871451Gabriela TrañaCRC2-43:17
882051Zsófia ErdélyiHUN2-44:45
893120Jane SuutoUGA2-44:46
903353Yolymar PinedaVEN2-45:16
912055Anikó KálovicsHUN2-45:55
922365Kim Seong-EunKOR2-46:38
931661Vanessa VeigaESP2-46:53
942402Dace LinaLAT2-47:47
952992Katarína BerešováSVK2-48:11
961085Benita Willis-JohnsonAUS2-49:38
972906Claudette MukasakindiRWA2-51:07
982516Luvsanlkhündeviin OtgonbayarMGL2-52:15
991674Evelin TaltsEST2-54:15
1001992Konstantina KefalaGRE3-01:18
1012535San Ni LarMYA3-04:27
1023027Juventina NapoleaoTLS3-05:07
1032107Caitriona JenningsIRL3-22:11
AC3282Des DavilaUSADNF
AC3159Tetiana FiloniukUKRDNF
AC2955Olivera JevtićSRBDNF
AC1154Lucia KimaniBIHDNF
AC2558Lornah KiplagatNEDDNF
AC2471Soumiya LabaniMARDNF
AC3369Sharon TavengwaZIMDNF
AC2795Irvette van BlerkRSADNF
AC1880Mara YamauchiGBRDNF
AC1424Yolanda CaballeroCOLDQ DNF1
AC3085Bahar DoğanTUR2-36:35DQ2
AC3094Ümmü KirazTUR2-43:07DQ3
AC3161Tetiana Hamera-ShmyrkoUKR2-24:32DQ4
AC1390Wang JialiCHN2-35:46DQ5
AC2895Liliya ShobukhovaRUSDQ DNF6