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Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon

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The Women's Marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California (United States) was held on August 5, 1984. It was the first time a women's marathon had been held at the Olympic Games. The 50 competitors came from 28 countries. 44 finished the race.[1] The world record holder Joan Benoit of the United States won the gold medal, with the silver medal going to the 1983 World champion Grete Waitz of Norway, and bronze to Rosa Mota of Portugal.

Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
VenueLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
DatesAugust 5
Competitors50 from 28 nations
Winning time2:24:52
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Joan Benoit
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Grete Waitz
 Norway
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Rosa Mota
 Portugal
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Strategically, the race was notable for Benoit making a bold move in only the third mile of the race, despite the August heat. The rest of the field did not try to keep pace with her, and Benoit maintained her lead all the way to finish, defeating Waitz by more than a minute.

The race was also notable for Gabriela Andersen-Schiess from Switzerland, who entered the stadium for the final lap in a state of almost total exhaustion, barely able to walk but eventually completing the race, collapsing at the finishing line and being immediately treated by medical personnel. She finished 37th.

MedalistsEdit

AbbreviationsEdit

  • All times shown are in hours:minutes:seconds
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best

RecordsEdit

Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics
World Record   Joan Benoit (USA) 2:22:43 April 18, 1983   Boston, United States
Olympic Record New Event
Season Best   Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:24:26 May 13, 1984   London, United Kingdom
Broken records during the 1984 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record   Joan Benoit (USA) 2:24:52 August 5, 1984   Los Angeles, United States

Final rankingEdit

Place Athlete Time
    Joan Benoit (USA) 2:24:52
    Grete Waitz (NOR) 2:26:18
    Rosa Mota (POR) 2:26:57
4.   Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:27:34
5.   Lorraine Moller (NZL) 2:28:34
6.   Priscilla Welch (GBR) 2:28:54
7.   Lisa Martin (AUS) 2:29.03
8.   Silvia Ruegger (CAN) 2:29:09
9.   Laura Fogli (ITA) 2:29:28
10.   Tuija Toivonen (FIN) 2:32:07
11.   Joyce Smith (GBR) 2:32:48
12.   Alba Milana (ITA) 2:33:01
13.   Dorthe Rasmussen (DEN) 2:33:40
14.   Sarah Rowell (GBR) 2:34:08
15.   Sinikka Keskitalo (FIN) 2:35:15
16.   Charlotte Teske (FRG) 2:35:56
17.   Anne Marie Malone (CAN) 2:36:33
18.   Midde Hamrin (SWE) 2:36:41
19.   Nanae Sasaki (JPN) 2:37:04
20.   Paola Moro (ITA) 2:37:06
21.   Ria Van Landeghem (BEL) 2:37:11
22.   Carla Beurskens (NED) 2:37:51
23.   Regina Joyce (IRL) 2:37:57
24.   Marie-Christine Deurbroeck (BEL) 2:38:01
25.   Maria Trujillo (MEX) 2:38:50
26.   Bente Moe (NOR) 2:40:52
27.   Mary O'Connor (NZL) 2:41:22
28.   Carey May (IRL) 2:41:27
29.   Francine Peeters (BEL) 2:42:22
30.   Zehava Shmueli (ISR) 2:42:27
31.   Winnie Ng (HKG) 2:42:38
32.   Monica Regonesi (CHI) 2:44:44
33.   Naydi Nazario (PUR) 2:45:49
34.   Yuko Gordon (HKG) 2:46:12
35.   Ena Guevara (PER) 2:46:50
36.   Julie Brown (USA) 2:47:33
37.   Gabriela Andersen-Schiess (SUI) 2:48:42
38.   Rita Borralho (POR) 2:50:58
39.   Conceição Ferreira (POR) 2:50:58
40.   Maria Cardenas (MEX) 2:51:03
41.   María Luisa Ronquillo (MEX) 2:51:04
42.   Nelly Chávez (BOL) 2:51:35
43.   Mary Wagaki (KEN) 2:52:00
44.   Eleonora de Mendonça (BRA) 2:52:19
  Ifeoma Mbanugo (NGR) DNF
  Akemi Masuda (JPN) DNF
  Jacqueline Gareau (CAN) DNF
  Julie Isphording (USA) DNF
  Anne Audain (NZL) DNF
  Leda Díaz (HON) DNF

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Women's Marathon". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 15 May 2017.

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