Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

The men's marathon at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea was held on Sunday October 2, 1988. The race started at 14:30h local time. A total of 98 athletes completed the race, with Polin Belisle from Belize finishing in last position in 3'14:02. There were 118 competitors from 60 countries. Twenty of them did not finish.[1] The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The event was won by Gelindo Bordin of Italy, the nation's first victory in the Olympic men's marathon and first medal in the event since 1924. Kenya (Douglas Wakiihuri's silver) and Djibouti (Hussein Ahmed Salah's bronze) each won their first Olympic men's marathon medal.

Men's marathon
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Olympic Park Stadium.jpg
Seoul Olympic Stadium (2012)
VenueJamsil Olympic Stadium, Seoul
DatesOctober 2
Competitors118 from 66 nations
Winning time2:10:59
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gelindo Bordin
 Italy
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Douglas Wakiihuri
 Kenya
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Hussein Ahmed Salah
 Djibouti
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BackgroundEdit

This was the 21st appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Returning runners from the 1984 marathon included silver medalist John Treacy of Ireland, bronze medalist Charlie Spedding of Great Britain, fifth-place finisher Robert de Castella of Australia, and sixth-place finisher Juma Ikangaa of Tanzania. The favorites included de Castella, Gelindo Bordin of Italy, and rising star Hussein Ahmed Salah of Djibouti.[2] Douglas Wakiihuri of Kenya had won the 1987 world championship over Ahmed Salah and Bordin.

American Samoa, Angola, Belize, (the People's Republic of) China, Fiji, Guam, Guinea, the Maldives, Niger, Rwanda, and the Solomon Islands each made their first appearance in Olympic men's marathons. The United States made its 20th appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the boycotted 1980 Games.

Gary Fanelli of the United States moved to Tafuna, American Samoa six months prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul in order to coach and attain his Olympic eligibility for America Samoa.[3] Fanelli's time of 2:25:35, good for 51st place, is an American Samoan national record.[4]

Competition format and courseEdit

As all Olympic marathons, the competition was a single race. The marathon distance of 26 miles, 385 yards was run over an out-and-back route starting and finishing at the Olympic Stadium, running along the Han River.[2]

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World record   Belayneh Densamo (ETH) 2:06:50 Rotterdam, Netherlands 17 April 1988
Olympic record   Carlos Lopes (POR) 2:09:21 Los Angeles, United States 12 August July 1984

No new world or Olympic bests were set during the competition.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Korea Standard Time adjusted for daylight savings (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 2 October 1988 14:35 Final

ResultsEdit

Rank Athlete Nation Time
  Gelindo Bordin   Italy 2:10:32
  Douglas Wakiihuri   Kenya 2:10:47
  Hussein Ahmed Salah   Djibouti 2:10:59
4 Takeyuki Nakayama   Japan 2:11:05
5 Steve Moneghetti   Australia 2:11:49
6 Charlie Spedding   Great Britain 2:12:19
7 Juma Ikangaa   Tanzania 2:13:06
8 Robert de Castella   Australia 2:13:07
9 Toshihiko Seko   Japan 2:13:41
10 Ravil Kashapov   Soviet Union 2:13:49
11 Jesús Herrera   Mexico 2:13:58
12 John Campbell   New Zealand 2:14:08
13 Gerard Nijboer   Netherlands 2:14:40
14 Pete Pfitzinger   United States 2:14:44
15 Marti ten Kate   Netherlands 2:14:53
16 Orlando Pizzolato   Italy 2:15:20
17 Hisatoshi Shintaku   Japan 2:15:42
18 Kim Won-Tak   South Korea 2:15:44
19 Gianni Poli   Italy 2:16:07
20 Dieudonné LaMothe   Haiti 2:16:15
21 Dave Long   Great Britain 2:16:18
22 Henrik Jørgensen   Denmark 2:16:40
23 Ralf Salzmann   West Germany 2:16:54
24 Dick Hooper   Ireland 2:17:16
25 Miroslavo Vindiš   Yugoslavia 2:17:47
26 Cai Shangyan   China 2:17:54
27 Joaquim Silva   Portugal 2:18:05
28 Art Boileau   Canada 2:18:20
29 Ed Eyestone   United States 2:19:09
30 Noureddine Sobhi   Morocco 2:19:56
31 Yu Jae-seong   South Korea 2:20:11
32 Mehmet Terzi   Turkey 2:20:12
33 Kevin Forster   Great Britain 2:20:45
34 Bigboy Josie Matlapeng   Botswana 2:20:51
35 Allaoua Khellil   Algeria 2:21:12
36 Justin Gloden   Luxembourg 2:22:14
37 Alexandre Gonzalez   France 2:22:24
38 Zhang Guowei   China 2:22:49
39 Pedro Ortiz   Colombia 2:23:34
40 Ronald Lanzoni   Costa Rica 2:23:45
41 Bradley Camp   Australia 2:23:49
42 Adolphe Ambowode   Central African Republic 2:23:52
43 John Burra   Tanzania 2:24:17
44 Samuel Hlawe   Swaziland 2:24:42
45 Juan Amores   Costa Rica 2:24:49
46 Peter Maher   Canada 2:24:49
47 Abdou Manzo   Niger 2:25:05
48 Diamantino dos Santos   Brazil 2:25:13
49 Omar Moussa   Djibouti 2:25:25
50 Carlos Retiz   Mexico 2:25:34
51 Gary Fanelli   American Samoa 2:25:35
52 John Woods   Ireland 2:25:38
53 Gideon Mthembu   Swaziland 2:25:56
54 Baikuntha Manandhar   Nepal 2:25:57
55 Karel David   Czechoslovakia 2:26:12
56 Ivo Rodrigues   Brazil 2:26:27
57 Martín Mondragón   Mexico 2:27:10
58 Vusie Dlamini   Swaziland 2:28:06
59 Inni Aboubacar   Niger 2:28:15
60 Yohanna Waziri   Nigeria 2:29:14
61 Noheku Nteso   Lesotho 2:29:44
62 Benjamin Longiros   Uganda 2:30:29
63 Vincent Ruguga   Uganda 2:31:04
64 Alfonso Abellán   Spain 2:31:10
65 Vithanakande Samarasinghe   Sri Lanka 2:31:29
66 Tika Bogati   Nepal 2:31:49
67 Dave Edge   Canada 2:32:19
68 Luis López   Costa Rica 2:32:43
69 Juan Camacho   Bolivia 2:34:41
70 Abbas Mohamed   Nigeria 2:35:26
71 Ahmet Altun   Turkey 2:37:44
72 James Gombedza   Zimbabwe 2:38:13
73 Kamana Koji   Zaire 2:38:34
74 João Carvalho   Angola 2:40:45
75 Aaron Dupnai   Papua New Guinea 2:41:47
76 Bineshwar Prasad   Fiji 2:41:50
77 Calvin Dallas   Virgin Islands 2:42:19
78 Telesphore Dusabe   Rwanda 2:42:52
79 Eugène Muslar   Belize 2:43:29
80 Hassan Karimou   Niger 2:43:51
81 Wallace Williams   Virgin Islands 2:44:40
82 Mohala Mohloli   Lesotho 2:44:44
83 Awadh Shaban Al-Sameer   Oman 2:46:59
84 Derick Adamson   Jamaica 2:47:57
85 Krishna Bahadur Basnet   Nepal 2:47:57
86 Fred Schumann   Guam 2:49:52
87 John Mwathiwa   Malawi 2:51:43
88 Marlon Williams   Virgin Islands 2:52:06
89 Kaleka Mutoke   Zaire 2:55:21
90 James Walker   Guam 2:56:32
91 Mohiddin Mohamed Kulmiye   Somalia 2:58:10
92 Fred Ogwang   Uganda 2:59:35
93 Naser Babapour   Iran 3:00:20
94 Ricardo Taitano   Guam 3:03:19
95 Baba Ibrahim Suma-Keita   Sierra Leone 3:04:00
96 Alassane Bah   Guinea 3:06:27
97 Nguyễn Văn Thuyết   Vietnam 3:10:57
98 Polin Belisle   Belize 3:14:02
Ahmed Mohamed Ismail   Somalia DNF
Bruno Lafranchi   Switzerland DNF
Ibrahim Hussein   Kenya DNF
Alain Lazare   France DNF
John Treacy   Ireland DNF
Dirk Vanderherten   Belgium DNF
Domingo Aguilar   Chile DNF
Honorato Hernández   Spain DNF
Jörg Peter   East Germany DNF
Joseph Kipsang   Kenya DNF
Gwon Seong-nak   South Korea DNF
El Mostafa Nechchadi   Morocco DNF
George Mambosasa   Malawi DNF
Abdul Haji Abdul Latheef   Maldives DNF
Hussein Haleem   Maldives DNF
Geir Kvernmo   Norway DNF
Paulo Catarino   Portugal DNF
John Maeke   Solomon Islands DNF
Martin Vrábeľ   Czechoslovakia DNF
Mark Conover   United States DNF

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's Marathon". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Marathon, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  3. ^ Lukens, Mark (September 25, 1988). "Marathoner Gary Fanelli has a Seoul of his own". Reading Eagle. p. C-2. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  4. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. 497–498. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011.

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