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Marathon, Women

Date24 September 2000 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants53 from 36 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.
Olympic Record 2-24:52 / Joan Benoit USA / 5 August 1984

The dominant women marathoners were the Japanese and the Africans, notably those from Kenya and Ethiopia. The champions from 1992 and 1996, Valentina Yegorova and Fatuma Roba, were back though they did not figure in the race for medals. Yegorova did not finish while Roba placed ninth. No favorite could be chosen as the major women’s marathons since 1996 had been spread out among several different victors.

The point-to-point race began at 9 AM near the North Sydney Oval. The race came down to the closest finish in the women’s Olympic marathon, with Japan’s Naoko Takahashi winning by eight seconds from Romania’s Lidia Şimon. The time of 2-23:14 was an Olympic record, better than the mark of 2-24:52 set by Joan Benoit in winning the inaugural Olympic marathon for women in 1984.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
12338Naoko TakahashiJPN2-23:14GoldOR
22831Lidia ȘimonROU2-23:22Silver
32397Joyce ChepchumbaKEN2-24:45Bronze
42405Esther WanjiruKEN2-26:17
52925Madina BiktagirovaRUS2-26:33
61667Elfenesh AlemuETH2-26:54
72341Eri YamaguchiJPN2-27:03
82784Ham Bong-SilPRK2-27:07
91673Fatuma RobaETH2-27:38
101388Ren XiujuanCHN2-27:55
111123Kerryn McCannAUS2-28:37
122248Maura ViceconteITA2-29:26
132402Tegla LoroupeKEN2-29:45
142411Irina BogachevaKGZ2-29:55
152330Ari IchihashiJPN2-30:34
162571Adriana FernándezMEX2-30:51
172070Judit Nagy-FöldingHUN2-30:54
182232Ornella FerraraITA2-31:32
193334Chris ClarkUSA2-31:35
202785Jong Yong-OkPRK2-31:40
212774Manuela MachadoPOR2-32:29
222620Nadja Wijenberg-IlyinaNED2-32:29
232960Lyubov MorgunovaRUS2-32:35
241920Sonja OberemGER2-33:45
251554Martha TenorioECU2-33:54
261845Marian SuttonGBR2-34:33
271367Érika OliveraCHI2-35:07
282786Kim Chang-OkPRK2-35:32
292821Alina GherasimROU2-36:16
301616Ana Isabel AlonsoESP2-36:45
312860Colleen de ReuckRSA2-36:48
322696María PortilloPER2-36:50
331625Griselda GonzálezESP2-38:28
342427O Mi-JaKOR2-38:42
351116Sue HobsonAUS2-38:44
361669Gadissie EdatoETH2-42:29
373182Serap AktaşTUR2-42:40
383078Daria NauerSUI2-43:00
391635María Luisa MuñozESP2-45:40
401429Iglandini GonzálezCOL2-47:26
413145Gulsara DodoboevaTJK2-51:03
422038Gina CoelloHON3-02:32
432120Aguida Fatima AmaralIOA3-10:55
442025Rhonda Davidson-AlleyGUM3-13:58
452450Sirivanh KetavongLAO3-34:27
AC2356Garifa KukuKAZDNF
AC1210Marleen RendersBELDNF
AC2818Anuța CătunăROUDNF
AC2167Martha ErnstsdóttirISLDNF
AC1101Nickey CarrollAUSDNF
AC2608Elizabeth MongudhiNAMDNF
AC2551Valentina EnachiMDADNF
AC2986Valentina YegorovaRUSDNF
DNS1903Claudia DreherGER