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Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon

The women's marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London was held on the Olympic marathon street course on 5 August.[1]

Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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A group of runners in the marathon, including eventual winner Tiki Gelana (leftmost green shirt).
VenueMarathon course, central London
Date5 August 2012
Competitors118 from 67 nations
Winning time2:23:07 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tiki Gelana  Ethiopia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Priscah Jeptoo  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova  Russia
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The course started and finished on The Mall in central London. Runners completed one short circuit of 2.219 miles around part of the City of Westminster and then three longer circuits of 8 miles around Westminster, the Victoria Embankment and the City of London. The course was designed to pass many of London's best known landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the Guildhall, Leadenhall Market, the Monument, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.[2]

Tiki Gelana from Ethiopia won the gold medal, completing the course in an Olympic record-breaking time of 2 hours 23 minutes 7 seconds. Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo finished second to win silver and Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova, representing Russia, took bronze.

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RecordsEdit

Prior to this event, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record   Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:15:25 London, United Kingdom 13 April 2003
Olympic record   Naoko Takahashi (JPN) 2:23:14 Sydney, Australia 24 September 2000
2012 World leading   Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:18:37 London, United Kingdom 22 April 2012

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
5 August Final   Tiki Gelana (ETH) 2:23:07 OR

ScheduleEdit

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 5 August 2012 11:00 Final

Race overviewEdit

Starting in the rain, no athlete wanted to run hard from the start. Instead it was a large pack of runners, at times forming a wall across the streets. The pack slowly whittled itself down by 12 km; the ever-present Valeria Straneo emerged to take the point position on the front. Over the next several kilometres, as the rain subsided, Xiaolin Zhu emerged as Straneo's shadow through the half marathon mark in 1:13:13.

Shortly after the half-way mark, Tiki Gelana fell trying to negotiate a water station. Then the lead pack began to take a more serious focus with three Kenyans taking up the pace. Gelana rejoined the pack. Though the pace again slowed, attrition continued. By 28 km the leaders were down to just the three Kenyans and two Ethiopians; Gelana and Mare Dibaba, with Priscah Jeptoo always on the outside. The first to crack was Dibaba. Meanwhile, the significantly less experienced Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova worked her way from far off the pace, past the rest of the athletes who had fallen out of the pack. Arkhipova caught the leaders from behind at 32 km. Just as Arkhipova arrived, the reigning world champion Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat fell back, though she worked her way back into the lead group a kilometre later.

At the 35 km water stop, Arkhipova accelerated, losing Kiplagat again, this time for good. It was a pack of four through the next 5 km. At 1500 m from the finish Mary Jepkosgei Keitany was the first from the group of four to fall off. At the same time, Gelana accelerated, leaving first Arkhipova, then Jeptoo. A grimacing Gelana powered home to narrowly beat the Olympic record. Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko came from as far back as 23rd place to take fifth.

ResultEdit

  • Entrants as of 27 July 2012.[3]
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Tiki Gelana   Ethiopia 2:23:07 OR
  Priscah Jeptoo   Kenya 2:23:12
  Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova   Russia 2:23:29 PB
4 Mary Keitany   Kenya 2:23:56
5 Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko   Ukraine 2:24:32 NR
6 Zhu Xiaolin   China 2:24:48
7 Jéssica Augusto   Portugal 2:25:11
8 Valeria Straneo   Italy 2:25:27
9 Albina Mayorova   Russia 2:25:38
10 Shalane Flanagan   United States 2:25:51
11 Kara Goucher   United States 2:26:07
12 Helalia Johannes   Namibia 2:26:09 NR
13 Marisa Barros   Portugal 2:26:13
14 Irina Mikitenko   Germany 2:26:44
15 Kim Smith   New Zealand 2:26:59
16 Ryoko Kizaki   Japan 2:27:16
17 Lisa Jane Weightman   Australia 2:27:32 PB
18 Isabellah Andersson   Sweden 2:27:36
19 Yoshimi Ozaki   Japan 2:27:43
20 Edna Kiplagat   Kenya 2:27:52
21 Ana Dulce Félix   Portugal 2:28:12
22 Wang Xueqin   China 2:28:21
23 Mare Dibaba   Ethiopia 2:28:48
24 Hilda Kibet   Netherlands 2:28:52
25 Inés Melchor   Peru 2:28:54 NR
26 Alessandra Aguilar   Spain 2:29:19
27 Rasa Drazdauskaitė   Lithuania 2:29:29 PB
28 Diana Lobačevskė   Lithuania 2:29:32 PB
29 Anna Incerti   Italy 2:29:38
30 Rosaria Console   Italy 2:30:09
31 Diane Nukuri   Burundi 2:30:13 NR
32 Susanne Hahn   Germany 2:30:22
33 Nastassia Staravoitava   Belarus 2:30:25
34 Sviatlana Kouhan   Belarus 2:30:26
35 René Kalmer   South Africa 2:30:51
36 Karolina Jarzyńska   Poland 2:30:57
37 Souad Aït Salem   Algeria 2:31:15
38 Beata Naigambo   Namibia 2:31:16
39 Jessica Trengove   Australia 2:31:17
40 Jessica Draskau-Petersson   Denmark 2:31:43 PB
41 Chung Yun-Hee   South Korea 2:31:58
42 Aselefech Mergia   Ethiopia 2:32:03
43 Gladys Tejeda   Peru 2:32:07 PB
44 Freya Murray   Great Britain 2:32:14
45 Lidia Șimon   Romania 2:32:46 SB
46 Marisol Romero   Mexico 2:33:08
47 Adriana Aparecida da Silva   Brazil 2:33:15
48 Olena Burkovska   Ukraine 2:33:26
49 Kim Kum-ok   North Korea 2:33:30
50 Karina Pérez   Mexico 2:33:30
51 Erika Abril   Colombia 2:33:33 NR
52 Lisa Stublić   Croatia 2:34:03
53 Maja Neuenschwander   Switzerland 2:34:50
54 Andrea Mayr   Austria 2:34:51
55 Wilma Arizapana   Peru 2:35:09
56 Jon Kyong-Hui   North Korea 2:35:17
57 Claire Hallissey   Great Britain 2:35:39
58 Wang Jiali   China 2:35:46
59 Rehaset Mehari   Eritrea 2:35:49
60 Iuliia Andreeva   Kyrgyzstan 2:36:01
61 María Elena Espeso   Spain 2:36:12
62 Lishan Dula   Bahrain 2:36:20
63 Bahar Doğan   Turkey 2:36:35
64 Érika Olivera   Chile 2:36:41 SB
65 Natalia Cerches   Moldova 2:37:13 PB
66 Linda Byrne   Ireland 2:37:13
67 Ivana Sekyrová   Czech Republic 2:37:14
68 Ava Hutchinson   Ireland 2:37:17
69 Natalia Romero   Chile 2:37:47
70 Dailín Belmonte   Cuba 2:38:08 PB
71 Ana Subotić   Serbia 2:38:22
72 Sultan Haydar   Turkey 2:38:26
73 Samira Raif   Morocco 2:38:31 SB
74 Kim Mi-Gyong   North Korea 2:38:33
75 Remalda Kergytė   Lithuania 2:39:01
76 Lim Kyung-Hee   South Korea 2:39:03
77 Slađana Perunović   Montenegro 2:39:07 NR
78 Volha Dubouskaya   Belarus 2:39:12
79 Risa Shigetomo   Japan 2:40:06
80 Amira Ben Amor   Tunisia 2:40:13 NR
81 Tanith Maxwell   South Africa 2:40:27
82 María Peralta   Argentina 2:40:50
83 Rosa Chacha   Ecuador 2:40:57 SB
84 Triyaningsih   Indonesia 2:41:15
85 Beata Rakonczai   Hungary 2:41:20
86 Constantina Diță   Romania 2:41:34
87 Leena Puotiniemi   Finland 2:42:01
88 Žana Jereb   Slovenia 2:42:50
89 Ümmü Kiraz   Turkey 2:43:07
90 Mamorallo Tjoka   Lesotho 2:43:15 SB
91 Gabriela Traña   Costa Rica 2:43:17
92 Zsofia Erdelyi   Hungary 2:44:45
93 Jane Suuto   Uganda 2:44:46
94 Yolimar Pineda   Venezuela 2:45:16
95 Anikó Kálovics   Hungary 2:45:55
96 Kim Seongeun   South Korea 2:46:38
97 Vanessa Veiga   Spain 2:46:53
98 Dace Lina   Latvia 2:47:47
99 Katarína Berešová   Slovakia 2:48:11
100 Benita Willis   Australia 2:49:38
101 Claudette Mukasakindi   Rwanda 2:51:07
102 Otgonbayar Luvsanlundeg   Mongolia 2:52:15
103 Evelin Talts   Estonia 2:54:15
104 Konstadina Kefala   Greece 3:01:18
105 Ni Lar San   Myanmar 3:04:27
106 Juventina Napoleão   East Timor 3:05:07 PB
107 Caitriona Jennings   Ireland 3:22:11
Lucia Kimani   Bosnia and Herzegovina DNF
Liliya Shobukhova   Russia DNF
Desiree Davila   United States DNF
Mara Yamauchi   Great Britain DNF
Tetyana Filonyuk   Ukraine DNF
Olivera Jevtić   Serbia DNF
Soumiya Labani   Morocco DNF
Sharon Tavengwa   Zimbabwe DNF
Lornah Kiplagat   Netherlands DNF
Yolanda Caballero   Colombia DNF
Irvette van Blerk   South Africa DNF

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