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Marathon, Men

Date 2 October 1988 — 14:35
StatusOlympic
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants118 from 66 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

By 1988, the great African distance runners were beginning to set their sights on the marathon distance. Between 1984 and 1988 Djibouti, which previously had no athletics history, developed several leading marathon talents, led by Ahmed Salah. Two non-Africans also impressed, with Australia’s Rob de Castella winning Boston in 1986 in 2-07:51, and the Commonwealth Games gold medal that same year. Italy’s Gelindo Bordin won the gold medal at the 1986 European Championships.

The race started quite early, 2:30 PM, beneath a warm sun. The course started and finished at the Olympic Stadium, and looped out-and-back along the Han-Gang River. The weather led to a slow pace and at 25 km. the lead pack still had 13 runners. By 30 km. a group of six separated themselves and would contest the medals. Bordin and Salah were in this group, but de Castella had been distanced. At 40 km. Salah led, followed by Kenya’s Douglas Wakiihuri, and then Bordin. But over the next kilometer, run downhill, Bordin passed Wakiihuri and Salah and held on to win the gold medal, with Wakiihuri getting silver, and Salah bronze. The margin of 15 seconds was the smallest in an Olympic marathon since 1920.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1579Gelindo BordinITA2-10:32Gold
2675Douglas WakiihuriKEN2-10:47Silver
3236Ahmed SalahDJI2-10:59Bronze
4635Takeyuki NakayamaJPN2-11:05
544Steve MoneghettiAUS2-11:49
6455Charlie SpeddingGBR2-12:19
7968Juma IkangaaTAN2-13:06
838Rob de CastellaAUS2-13:07
9638Toshihiko SekoJPN2-13:41
101040Ravil KashapovURS2-13:49
11764Jesús HerreraMEX2-13:58
12818John CampbellNZL2-14:08
13515Gerard NijboerNED2-14:40
141119Pete PfitzingerUSA2-14:44
15516Marti ten KateNED2-14:53
16598Orlando PizzolatoITA2-15:20
17640Hisatoshi ShintakuJPN2-15:421
18690Kim Won-TakKOR2-15:44
19599Gianni PoliITA2-16:07
20506Dieudonné LamotheHAI2-16:15
21433Dave LongGBR2-16:18
22233Henrik JørgensenDEN2-16:40
23382Ralf SalzmannFRG2-16:54
24548Dick HooperIRL2-17:16
251161Mirko VindišYUG2-17:47
26197Cai ShangyanCHN2-17:54
27876Joaquim SilvaPOR2-18:05
28145Art BoileauCAN2-18:20
291091Ed EyestoneUSA2-19:09
30740Noureddine SobhiMAR2-19:56
31703Yu Jae-SeongKOR2-20:11
321015Mehmet TerziTUR2-20:12
33420Kevin ForsterGBR2-20:45
34108Bigboy MatlapengBOT2-20:51
357Allaoua KhellilALG2-21:12
36730Justin GlodenLUX2-22:14
37327Alex GonzalezFRA2-22:24
38209Zhang GuoweiCHN2-22:49
39224Pedro OrtizCOL2-23:34
40227Ronaldo LanzoniCRC2-23:45
4135Brad CampAUS2-23:49
42144Adolphe AmbowodéCAF2-23:52
43967John BurraTAN2-24:17
44961Sam HlaweSWZ2-24:42
45226Juan AmoresCRC2-24:49
46165Peter MaherCAN2-24:49
471180Abdou ManzoNIG2-25:05
48122Diamantino dos SantosBRA2-25:13
49238Omar MoussaDJI2-25:25
50768Carlos RétizMEX2-25:34
5132Gary FanelliASA2-25:35
52559John WoodsIRL2-25:38
53964Gideon MthembuSWZ2-25:56
54784Baikuntha ManandharNEP2-25:57
55974Karel DavidTCH2-26:12
56121Ivo RodríguesBRA2-26:27
57766Martín MondragónMEX2-27:10
58960Vusie DlaminiSWZ2-28:06
591182Inni AboubacarNIG2-28:15
60804Yohanna WaziriNGR2-29:14
61726Noheku NtesoLES2-29:44
621018Benjamin LongirosUGA2-30:29
631023Vincent RugugaUGA2-31:04
64252Alfonso AbellánESP2-31:10
65933Vithanakande SamarasingheSRI2-31:29
66782Tika BogatiNEP2-31:49
67149Dave EdgeCAN2-32:19
68228Luis LópezCRC2-32:43
69105Juan CamachoBOL2-34:41
70796Abbas MohamedNGR2-35:26
711013Ahmet AltunTUR2-37:44
721171James GombedzaZIM2-38:13
731164Kamana KojiCOD2-38:34
7413João CarvalhoANG2-40:45
75805Aaron DupnaiPNG2-41:47
76295Binesh PrasadFIJ2-41:50
77568Calvin DallasISV2-42:19
78894Telesphore DusabeRWA2-42:52
79102Eugène MuslarBIZ2-43:29
801181Hassan KarimouNIG2-43:51
81573Wallace WilliamsISV2-44:40
82725Mohala MohloliLES2-44:44
83827Awadh Al-SameerOMA2-46:59
84610Derrick AdamsonJAM2-47:57
85781Krishna Bahadur BasnetNEP2-47:57
86501Fred SchumannGUM2-49:52
87743John MwathiwaMAW2-51:43
88572Marlon WilliamsISV2-52:06
891166Kaleka MutokeCOD2-55:21
90503James WalkerGUM2-56:32
91931Mohiddin Mohamed KulmiyeSOM2-58:10
921020Fred OgwangUGA2-59:35
93560Naser BabapourIRI3-00:20
94502Joe TaitanoGUM3-03:19
95919Baba Ibrahim Suma-KeitaSLE3-04:00
961205Alassane BahGUI3-06:27
971141Nguyễn Văn ThuyếtVIE3-10:57
9899Polin BelisleBIZ3-14:02
ACIbrahim HusseinKENDNF
ACJörg PeterGDRDNF
ACJohn TreacyIRLDNF
ACMoustafa El-NechchadiMARDNF
ACGeir KvernmoNORDNF
ACBruno LafranchiSUIDNF
ACAlain LazareFRADNF
ACPaulo CatarinoPORDNF
ACOmar AguilarCHIDNF
ACDirk VanderhertenBELDNF
ACMark ConoverUSADNF
ACGwon Seong-NakKORDNF
ACHonorato HernándezESPDNF
AC990Martin VrábeľTCHDNF
AC925John MaekeSOLDNF
AC742George MambosasaMAWDNF
ACAbdul Haji Abdul LatheefMDVDNF
ACHussein HaleemMDVDNF
ACAhmed Mohamed IsmailSOMDNF
ACJoseph KipsangKENDNF