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Marathon, Men

Date 9 August 1992 — 18:30
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants110 from 72 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

The 1992 men’s Olympic marathon was very wide open as nobody had dominated the event in the preceding years. The Barcelona course was point-to-point, starting in Mataró, northeast of Barcelona, and finishing in the Olympic Stadium. The route followed the seacoast for the early part of the race. But the finish was brutal, ascending Montjuic, a small mountain in Barcelona where the Olympic Stadium was located. The rise was about 150 metres (480 feet), and came at the end of 42+ kilometers (26+ miles) of running.

The race started at 6:30 PM, but it was a bright, sunny day, with temperatures approaching 27° C. (80° F.). Because of the heat the pace was slow and the pack stayed together, with 30 runners still leading thru 20 km. The defending champion, Gelindo Bordin, was in that group, but dropped out shortly thereafter with a groin strain. By 30 km. the race had come down to a group of five – Kim Wan-Gi and Hwang Yeong-Jo, both of Korea, Koichi Morishita and Takeyuki Nakayama of Japan, and Germany’s Stephan Freigang. This group would constitute the top four places, with Kim Wang-Gi dropping back eventually and finishing 28th. By 35 km. Hwang and Morishita had separated themselves and together to the base of Montjuic. Up the mountain, Hwang slowly pulled ahead and entered the stadium in the lead. He held on to win the gold medal, Morishita in second, 22 seconds back, and Freigang earning a bronze medal. The winning time, 2-13:23, was the slowest since 1968, and on a sea-level course, since Abebe Bikila’s win in Roma in 1960.

The men’s marathon finished just before the start of the Closing Ceremony. Because of the late start for the race, any runners finishing after 2-45, or at about 9:15 PM, could not finish in the main stadium, and the final runners to finish the race were re-directed to an alternate finish line on the warm-up track outside the Olympic Stadium.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
11147Hwang Yeong-JoKOR2-13:23Gold
21087Koichi MorishitaJPN2-13:45Silver
3800Stephan FreigangGER2-14:00Bronze
41088Takeyuki NakayamaJPN2-14:02
5992Salvatore BettiolITA2-14:15
61211Salah QoqaïcheMAR2-14:25
71369Jan HurukPOL2-14:32
81100Hiromi TaniguchiJPN2-14:42
9419Diego GarcíaESP2-14:56
101150Kim Jae-RyongKOR2-15:01
11593Harri HänninenFIN2-15:19
121764Steve SpenceUSA2-15:21
131695Ed EyestoneUSA2-15:23
141132Boniface MerandeKEN2-15:46
151290Bert van VlaanderenNED2-15:47
161335Rex WilsonNZL2-15:51
171724Bob KempainenUSA2-15:53
18421Rodrigo GavelaESP2-16:23
191595Karel DavidTCH2-16:34
201361Leszek BebłoPOL2-16:38
211379Wiesław PerszkePOL2-16:38
22568Yakov TolstikovEUN2-17:04
23468Tena NegereETH2-17:07
24141Osmiro SilvaBRA2-17:16
251475Abel MokibeRSA2-17:24
2641Rob de CastellaAUS2-17:44
271831Steve BraceGBR2-17:49
281152Kim Wan-GiKOR2-18:32
291243Isidro RicoMEX2-18:52
30384Ahmed SalahDJI2-19:04
31620Dominique ChauvelierFRA2-19:09
32436José Esteban MontielESP2-19:15
331177Thabiso MoqhaliLES2-19:28
341590Juma IkangaaTAN2-19:34
351324Derek FroudeNZL2-19:37
361142Douglas WakiihuriKEN2-19:38
371114Ibrahim HusseinKEN2-19:49
38916Gyula BorkaHUN2-20:46
39732Dave LongGBR2-20:51
401523Mirko VindišSLO2-21:03
41698Paul Davies-HaleGBR2-21:15
421581Elphas GinindzaSWZ2-21:15
43390Rolando VeraECU2-21:30
441004Alessio FaustiniITA2-21:37
45665Luis SoaresFRA2-21:57
46314Paul KuétéCMR2-22:43
4781Helmut SchmuckAUT2-23:38
4857Steve MoneghettiAUS2-23:42
49794Konrad DoblerGER2-23:44
501808Willy KalomboCOD2-23:47
51964John TreacyIRL2-24:11
521355Herman SuizoPHI2-25:18
5330Kim ReynierseARU2-25:31
541663Nelson ZamoraURU2-25:32
551545Danny BöltzSUI2-25:50
56153Joseildo da SilvaBRA2-26:00
57126Juan CamachoBOL2-26:01
581822Cephas MatafiZIM2-26:17
5912Mohamed SalmiALG2-26:56
601493Ildephonse SehirwaRWA2-27:44
611865Zerehune GizawETH2-28:25
62265Jaime OjedaCHI2-28:39
631219Smartex TambalaMAW2-29:02
64673Pascal ZillioxFRA2-30:02
65329Luis LópezCRC2-30:26
661526Gian Luigi MacinaSMR2-30:45
671312Abdou ManzoNIG2-31:15
681184Roland WilleLIE2-31:32
691273Frank KayeleNAM2-31:41
701292Hari Bahadur RokayaNEP2-32:26
711538Kuruppu KarunaratneSRI2-32:26
72952Tommy HughesIRL2-32:55
731275William AguirreNCA2-34:18
74196Ferdinand AmadiCAF2-35:39
751175Mohamed Khamis TaherLBA2-35:46
76902Dieudonné LamotheHAI2-36:11
771270Myint KanMYA2-37:39
78974Calvin DallasISV2-38:11
79165Saad Mubarak AliBRN2-39:19
801423Ryu Ok-HyonPRK2-40:51
811197Alain RazahasoaMAD2-41:41
821658Michael LopeyokUGA2-42:54
83133Benjamin KeleketuBOT2-45:57
841587Moussa El-HaririSYR2-47:06
851793Lưu Văn HùngVIE2-56:42
861221Hussein HaleemMDV3-04:16
871251Pyambuugiin TuulMGL4-00:44
AC380Talal Omar AbdillahiDJIDNF
AC907Polin BelisleHONDNF
AC994Gelindo BordinITADNF
AC1589John BurraTANDNF
AC1389Dionísio CastroPORDNF
AC1230Dionicio CerónMEXDNF
AC340Alberto CubaCUBDNF
AC1279Tonnie DirksNEDDNF
AC142Diamantino dos SantosBRADNF
AC1428Jorge GonzálezPURDNF
AC230Peter MaherCANDNF
AC470Abebe MekonnenETHDNF
AC1266Mohamed Ould KhalifaMTNDNF
AC1412Joaquim PinheiroPORDNF
AC1413António PintoPORDNF
AC582Binesh PrasadFIJDNF
AC322Carlos GrisalesCOLDNF
AC962Andy RonanIRLDNF
AC1480Zithulele SinqueRSADNF
AC1274Lucketz SwartbooiNAMDNF
AC931Csaba SzűcsHUNDNF
AC1591Simon Robert NaaliTANDNF
AC1481Jan TauRSADNF
DNS1236Salvador GarcíaMEX
DNS490Vladimir BukhanovEUN