2019 World Athletics Championships – Women's marathon
The women's marathon at the 2019 World Athletics Championships was held in Doha, Qatar, on 27 September 2019. The competition starts by midnight, and is the first midnight marathon in the history of the world championships.
|Women's marathon |
at the 2019 World Championships
|Venue||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Competitors||68 from 41 nations|
This was a hot race. Starting at midnight local time in order to minimize the desert heat, still the temperatures of the race ranged between 30° and almost 33° centigrade (86° to 92° fahrenheit), 32° (90°F) and humidity at 73% at the start.
We never would have run a marathon in these conditions in our own country.— Haji Adillo Roba, Ethiopian Coach
None of the highly regarded Ethiopian athletes were able to finish the race. 28 out of the 68 entrants were unable to finish. Other top placed competitors including European Champion Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, blew up along the way, turning this into a race of attrition.
Running a criterion style six laps race, five women broke away before the end of the first lap. After Salpeter had to drop back, the quartet of leaders included returning silver medalist Edna Kiplagat, but it boiled down to #3 of all time Ruth Chepngetich and defending champion Rose Chelimo. The fact that Chepngetich set her personal best earlier in the year in Dubai foretold the results. One surge was what it took to break away from Chelimo. It was the slowest winning time in World Championship history by over two minutes. 39 year old Namibian Helalia Johannes stayed close enough to the leaders to get bronze.
The IAAF later confirmed that no athletes had suffered heat stroke as a result of the race.
Before the competition records were as follows:
|World (mixed sex)||2:15:25||Paula Radcliffe||GBR||13 Apr 2003||London, Great Britain|
|World (women only)||2:17:01||Mary Keitany||KEN||23 Apr 2017||London, Great Britain|
|Championship||2:20:57||Paula Radcliffe||GBR||14 Aug 2005||Helsinki, Finland|
|World leading||2:17:08||Ruth Chepngetich||KEN||25 Jan 2019||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|African||2:17:01||Mary Keitany||KEN||23 Apr 2017||London, Great Britain|
|Asian||2:19:12||Mizuki Noguchi||JPN||25 Sep 2005||Berlin, Germany|
|NACAC||2:19:36||Deena Kastor||USA||23 Apr 2006||London, Great Britain|
|South American||2:26:45||Inés Melchor||PER||28 Sep 2014||Berlin, Germany|
|European||2:15:25||Paula Radcliffe||GBR||13 Apr 2003||London, Great Britain|
|Oceanian||2:22:36||Benita Willis||AUS||22 Oct 2006||Chicago, United States|
The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:
The final took place on 27 September at 23:59. The results were as follows:
- Start list
- "Marathon". iaafworldathleticschamps.com. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
- 50km race walk to go ahead as planned - IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. IAAF (2019-09-28). Retrieved 2019-09-28.
- "Marathon Women − Records". IAAF. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
- "Marathon Women − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
- "Marathon Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 28 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.