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Marathon, Women

Date22 August 2004 — 18:00
StatusOlympic
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants82 from 47 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.
Olympic Record 2-23:14 / Naoko Takahashi JPN / 24 September 2000

The heavy favorite in 2004 was Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, who dominated women’s marathoning since turning to the roads in 2002. At the 2002 London Marathon she made her marathon début with a victory in 2-18:55, the second fastest time ever. But later that year, she broke the world marathon best at Chicago, running 2-17:47. In 2003 she stunned the athletics world by winning London in 2-15:25, a mark that would place her highly in most major men’s marathons.

The race began at Marathon, and ran point-to-point to the Olympic Stadium in Athina, although it was not exactly the same course as that used for the 1896 Olympic marathon. It started at 6 PM, but the day was brutally hot, with temperatures reaching 35° C. (95° F.) Given that weather nobody expected fast times. By 20 km. a pack of five runners held the lead, which included Radcliffe, Catherine Ndereba of Kenya, Mizuki Noguchi and Reiko Tosa of Japan, and Elfenesh Alemu of Ethiopia. Noguchi attached at 25 km. on an uphill stretch of the course, and quickly opened a lead of 23 seconds over Alemu, with Radcliffe trailing. Radcliffe would drop out at 36 km. Noguchi held her narrow lead to the finish, winning by 12 seconds over Ndereba. The bronze medal went to American Deena Kastor, who ran the second half of her race four minutes fastest than the first half, closing rapidly, though she still finished almost a minute behind Ndereba.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
12282Mizuki NoguchiJPN2-26:20Gold
22354Catherine NderebaKEN2-26:32Silver
33294Deena KastorUSA2-27:20Bronze
41656Elfenesh AlemuETH2-28:15
52299Reiko TosaJPN2-28:44
62983Olivera JevtićSCG2-31:15
72285Naoko SakamotoJPN2-31:43
82924Lyudmila PetrovaRUS2-31:56
92964Svetlana ZakharovaRUS2-32:04
102179Bruna GenoveseITA2-32:50
112335Alice ChelangatKEN2-33:52
121383Zhang ShujingCHN2-34:34
132791Nuța OlaruROU2-34:45
142443Živilė BalčiünaitéLTU2-35:01
151767Corinne RauxFRA2-35:54
162171Rosaria ConsoleITA2-35:56
172700Małgorzata SobańskaPOL2-36:43
181946Luminita ZaitucGER2-36:45
192385Lee Eun-JeongKOR2-37:23
202802Constantina TomescuROU2-37:31
212759Jong Yong-OkPRK2-37:52
221354Li HelanCHN2-37:53
232378Jeong Yun-HuiKOR2-38:57
242620Stine LarsenNOR2-39:55
251846Liz YellingGBR2-40:13
261558María AbelESP2-40:13
272480Hafida IzemMAR2-40:46
281508Anna PichrtováCZE2-40:58
291822Tracey MorrisGBR2-41:00
302486Kenza WahbiMAR2-41:36
311075Kerryn McCannAUS2-41:41
321625Beatriz RosESP2-41:51
331388Zhou ChunxiuCHN2-42:54
343328Jen RhinesUSA2-43:52
352377Choi Gyeong-HuiKOR2-44:05
361547Sandra RualesECU2-44:28
371615María Dolores PulidoESP2-44:33
382532Margarita TapiaMEX2-46:14
393250Colleen de ReuckUSA2-46:30
402884Albina IvanovaRUS2-47:23
412703Grażyna SyrekPOL2-47:26
422147Nili AvramskiISR2-48:08
432456Clarisse RasoarizayMAD2-48:14
441647Jane SalumäeEST2-48:47
452088Simona StaicuHUN2-48:57
462526Angélica SánchezMEX2-49:04
472744Helena SampaioPOR2-49:18
482087Beáta RakonczaiHUN2-49:41
491529Annemette JensenDEN2-50:01
501966Georgia AbatzidouGRE2-50:01
512637Liza Hunter-GalvanNZL2-50:23
521740Hafida Gadi-RichardFRA2-50:29
533103Gulsara DodoboevaTJK2-50:45
542979Épiphanie NyirabaraméRWA2-52:50
551043Sandra TorresARG2-54:48
562757Jo Bun-HuiPRK2-55:54
573111Hsu Yu-FangTPE2-55:58
581336Érika OliveraCHI2-57:14
591457Mariela GonzálezCUB3-02:20
602076Ida KovácsHUN3-03:21
612505Svetlana Şepelev-TcaciMDA3-03:29
622726Ana DiasPOR3-08:11
632445Inga JuodeškienėLTU3-09:18
642437Mamokete LechelaLES3-11:56
653107Aguida Fatima AmaralTLS3-18:25
662539Luvsanlkhündeviin OtgonbayarMGL3-48:42
AC1831Paula RadcliffeGBRDNF
AC2356Margaret OkayoKENDNF
AC1908Ulrike MaischGERDNF
AC2667Monika DrybulskaPOLDNF
AC2756Ham Bong-SilPRKDNF
AC1756Rakiya Maraoui-QuétierFRADNF
AC1010Nasria Baghdad-AzaïdjALGDNF
AC1254Márcia NarlochBRADNF
AC1246Marlene FortunatoBRADNF
AC1667Asha GigiETHDNF
AC2797Lidia ȘimonROUDNF
AC1267Nadia EjjafiniBRNDNF
AC3092Banuelia MrashaniTANDNF
AC1674Workenesh TolaETHDNF
AC3152Lale ÖztürkTURDNF
AC2368Irina BogachevaKGZDNF