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Marathon, Women

Date23 September 1988 — 9:30
StatusOlympic
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants70 from 39 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.
Olympic Record 2-24:52 / Joan Benoit USA / 5 August 1984

The top women marathoners between 1984 and 1988 were Norway’s Grete Waitz and Ingrid Kristiansen and Portugal’s Rosa Mota. Kristiansen elected not to run the marathon at Seoul, choosing the 10,000 instead. Mota was not as heralded as Waitz, the first great female marathoner, but her overall marathon record in major championships is unsurpassed. She won the first World Championship in 1983 in Helsinki, won the European Championships in 1982, 1986, and 1990, and she eventually won every major city marathon except New York, at which she never competed.

During the Seoul race, Mota ran in the lead group throughout and never really trailed. Running with her for most of the race were two well-considered runners, Australia’s Lisa Martin and the GDR’s Katrin Dörre. The three were still together as they approache 40 km., but Mota surged slightly and opened a narrow gap. She was able to hold the lead, eventually defeating Martin by 13 seconds, with Dörre winning a bronze medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1460Rosa MotaPOR2-25:40Gold
217Lisa MartinAUS2-25:53Silver
3260Katrin DörreGDR2-26:21Bronze
4544Tetiana PolovynskaURS2-27:05
5111Zhao YoufengCHN2-27:06
6354Laura FogliITA2-27:49
7411Danièle KaberLUX2-29:23
8352Maria CuratoloITA2-30:14
9524Zoya IvanovaURS2-30:25
10239Angie PainGBR2-30:51
1172Odette LapierreCAN2-30:56
12251Susan ToobyGBR2-31:33
13330Karolina SzabóHUN2-32:26
14162Françoise BonnetFRA2-32:36
15395Lee Mi-OkKOR2-32:51
16549Raisa SmekhnovaURS2-33:19
17563Nancy DitzUSA2-33:42
18174Maria LelutFRA2-33:47
19181Jocelyne VilletonFRA2-34:02
20458Conceição FerreiraPOR2-34:23
21194Kerstin PreßlerFRG2-34:26
22452Wanda PanfilPOL2-34:35
23349Antonella BizioliITA2-34:38
24488Evy PalmSWE2-34:41
25376Eriko AsaiJPN2-34:41
2664Lizanne BussièresCAN2-35:03
27203Gaby WolfFRG2-35:11
28375Kumi ArakiJPN2-35:15
29379Misako MiyaharaJPN2-35:26
30112Zhong HuandiCHN2-36:02
3178Ellen RochefortCAN2-36:44
32214Sue CrehanGBR2-36:57
33441Lorraine MollerNZL2-37:52
34316Carla BeurskensNED2-37:52
3529Magda IlandsBEL2-38:02
36434Sissel GrottenbergNOR2-38:17
37398Im Eun-JuKOR2-38:21
38469Marcianne MukamurenziRWA2-40:12
39570Margaret GroosUSA2-40:59
40590Cathy O'BrienUSA2-41:04
41145Tuija JousimaaFIN2-43:00
42147Sinikka KeskitaloFIN2-43:00
43417Blanca JaimeMEX2-43:00
4437Angélica de AlmeidaBRA2-43:40
45491Ľudmila MelicherováTCH2-43:56
46343Ailish SmythIRL2-44:17
47478Genoveva EichenmannSUI2-44:37
48480Rosmarie MüllerSUI2-47:31
49385Pascaline WanguiKEN2-47:42
50470Apollinarie NyinawabéraRWA2-49:18
51421Maryse JustinMRI2-50:00
5285Michele BushCAY2-51:30
53308María del PilarGUA2-51:33
5494Li JuanCHN2-53:08
55610Linda HunterZIM2-53:17
568Lia MelisARU2-53:24
57341Marie Murphy-RollinsIRL2-54:37
58132Kriscia GarcíaESA3-04:21
59310Julie OgbornGUM3-06:05
60423Raj Kumari PandeyNEP3-10:31
61424Menuka RawatNEP3-11:17
62307Arlene Vincent MarkGRN3-23:56
63309Lourdes KlitzkieGUM3-25:32
64311Mariana YsraelGUM3-42:23
AC438Grete WaitzNORDNF
AC30Agnes PardaensBELDNF
AC393Kim Mi-GyeongKORDNF
AC436Bente MoeNORDNF
AC36Mar Mar MinMYADNF
AC456Aurora CunhaPORDNF1
DNS287Birgit StephanGDR
DNS128Katerina PratsiCYP