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Marathon, Women

Date28 July 1996 — 7:05
StatusOlympic
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants88 from 53 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

Between 1992 and 1996 the Chinese and African women moved onto the world marathon scene. African men had been world-class distance runners since the early 1960s, but women were only becoming liberated enough to compete internationally. At the Tianjin marathon in April 1993, Chinese women finished in the eight places, all under 2-26, and four of them moved in to the world top 10 list. This followed several other stunning times by Chinese female distance runners, but many of these were later discredited when systematic doping regimens were revealed in the Chinese athletics hierarchy.

Portugal had a new women’s marathon star in Manuela Machado, who won the 1994 European Championships and the 1995 World Championships. Germany’s Uta Pippig had won the Boston Marathon in 1994-96 and was highly considered. The top African woman was likely Kenya’s Tegla Leroupe, who won the 1994 New York Marathon.

To avoid the summer heat of Atlanta, the race started at 7:05 AM, the morning after the bombing at the Centennial Olympic Park. Pippig took the early lead and led by 13 seconds at five kilometers, and she increased this to 28 second at 10 km. At 20 km. she was caught by Ethiopia’s Fatuma Roba and Pippig was also overtaken by defending champion Valentina Yegorova, Machado, Japan’s silver medalist from 1992, Yuko Arimori, and Romania’s Lidia Şimon. Pippig would eventually drop out. Roba powered ahead and held a 28-second lead at 25 km. She ran unchallenged to a 2-minute victory in a time of 2-26:05, considered very fast on the hilly course, in the Southern summer weather. Yegorova won the silver medal, and Arimori the bronze medal. Machado faded to seventh place, trailing Simon by one spot.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
13261Fatuma RobaETH2-26:05Gold
23721Valentina YegorovaRUS2-28:05Silver
33487Yuko ArimoriJPN2-28:39Bronze
43346Katrin Dörre-HeinigGER2-28:45
53248Rocío RíosESP2-30:50
63663Lidia ȘimonROU2-31:04
73639Manuela MachadoPOR2-31:11
83358Sonja KrolikGER2-31:16
93152Ren XiujuanCHN2-31:21
103853Anne Marie LauckUSA2-31:30
113627Małgorzata SobańskaPOL2-31:52
123494Izumi MakiJPN2-32:35
133443Ornella FerraraITA2-33:09
143246Mónica PontESP2-33:27
153515Angeline KananaKEN2-34:19
163321Liz McColganGBR2-34:30
173488Junko AsariJPN2-34:31
183757Franziska Rochat-MoserSUI2-34:48
193014Griselda GonzálezARG2-35:12
203646Jong Song-OkPRK2-35:31
213519Irina BogachevaKGZ2-35:44
223172Iglandini GonzálezCOL2-35:45
233785Serap AktaşTUR2-36:14
243085Alena MazoukaBLR2-36:22
253067Marleen RendersBEL2-36:27
263647Kim Chang-OkPRK2-36:31
273632Albertina DiasPOR2-36:39
283038Kerryn McCannAUS2-36:41
293624Aniela NikielPOL2-36:44
303525Oh Mi-JaKOR2-36:54
313873Linda SomersUSA2-36:58
323126Danuta BartoszekCAN2-37:06
333561María del Carmen DíazMEX2-37:14
343752Nelly GlauserSUI2-37:19
353676Ramilya BurangulovaRUS2-38:04
363403Judit Nagy-FöldingHUN2-38:43
373143Érika OliveraCHI2-39:06
383724Yvonne DansonSGP2-39:18
393104Márcia NarlochBRA2-39:33
403548Stefanija StatkuvienėLTU2-39:51
413585Anne van SchuppenNED2-40:46
423391Maria PolyzouGRE2-41:33
433563Guadaloupe LomaMEX2-41:56
443651Anuța CătunăROU2-42:01
453319Karen MacleodGBR2-42:08
463616Lorraine MollerNZL2-42:21
473638Albertina MachadoPOR2-43:44
483606Anita HåkenstadNOR2-43:58
493222Ana Isabel AlonsoESP2-44:12
503078Natasha HalushkoBLR2-44:21
513562Adriana FernándezMEX2-44:23
523123May AllisonCAN2-44:38
533739Helena JavornikSLO2-46:58
543618Marilú SalazarPER2-48:58
553894Suzana ĆirićSCG2-49:30
563299Nadia PrasadFRA2-50:05
573036Sue MalaxosAUS2-50:46
583331Suzanne RiggGBR2-52:09
593572Elizabeth MongudhiNAM2-56:19
603100Solange de SouzaBRA2-56:23
613780Gulsara DodoboevaTJK3-09:081
623586Bimala RanamagarNEP3-16:192
633565Erkhemsaikhany DavaajargalMGL3-19:063
643526Sirivanh KetavongLAO3-25:164
653398Marie BenitoGUM3-27:285
ACValentina EnachiMDA2-41:30DQ6
ACVirginie GloumCAF3-33:00estDQ7
AC3371Uta PippigGERDNF
AC3662Cristina PomacuROUDNF
AC3216Gitte KarlshøjDENDNF
AC3520Gang Sun-DeokKORDNF
AC3797Liubov KlochkoUKRDNF
AC3621Kamila GradusPOLDNF
AC3276Kirsi RautaFINDNF
AC3464Maura ViceconteITADNF
AC3098Carmen de OliveiraBRADNF
AC3722Alla ZhilyayevaRUSDNF
AC3220Martha TenorioECUDNF
AC3670Elana MeyerRSADNF
AC3256Jane SalumäeESTDNF
AC3521Lee Mi-GyeongKORDNF
AC3041Lisa OndiekiAUSDNF
AC3074Madzina BiktagiranaBLRDNF
AC3568Carol GaleaMLTDNF
AC3441Maria CuratoloITADNF
AC3511Joyce ChepchumbaKENDNF
AC3514Selina ChirchirKENDNF
AC3874Jenny SpanglerUSADNF