Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's marathon
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
View of a congested group of competitors during the Women's marathon race
|Date||14 August 2016|
|Competitors||157 from 80 nations|
At 9:30 in the morning, the race started with temperatures around 19 °C (66 °F). The pack stayed bunched, with Mare Dibaba, Visiline Jepkesho, Rose Chelimo, Volha Mazuronak and Tirfi Tsegaye each taking their turns in the spotlight. The racing got serious, the pack was down to seven at 30 kilometres with American Desiree Linden the closest pursuer but unable to get back with the group. Shalane Flanagan was consistently toward the back of the group, then she began to fall off. As Flanagan and Mazuronak struggled with the group, the remaining five African runners surged, the gap grew. Chelimo was the next to drop off the group.
Eunice Kirwa never held the lead and Jemima Sumgong only asserted herself in the last 5 kilometers. When she did the pack strung out to a straight line, former race walker Mazuronak and Tsegaye falling off the back. At a water station, Dibaba was the last to fall off, and then there were two. World Championship bronze medalist and Nagoya Champion Kirwa shadowing London Champion Sumgong until the final kilometer. Then Sumgong expanded the gap in the long final straight into the finish. By the finish of the race, the temperature had risen to 26 °C (79 °F).
Three sets of twins finished the marathon; two of the Luik triplets from Estonia, the Hahner twins from Germany and the Kim sisters from North Korea.
Prior to this event[update], 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||Tiki Gelana (ETH)||2:23:07||London, United Kingdom||5 August 2012|
|2016 World leading||Tirfi Tsegaye (ETH)||2:19:41||Dubai, UAE||22 January 2016|
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