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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Women's Marathon

 

 

Host City: Athens, Greece
Dates: August 1–10, 1997
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
The race was expected to be a duel between defending champion Machado and Olympic gold medallist Roba but the Ethiopian, leader at halfway in 1:15:42, was reduced by injury to a walk shortly afterwards and failed to finish. The Portuguese had to settle for a distant second place, the outstanding winner being Japanese 10,000m record holder Suzuki, who was contesting only her third marathon after having placed second both in Osaka in 1996 (2:26:27) and in Nagoya earlier in 1997 (2:29:36). She broke away in the 28th kilometre and despite the hot weather and a tough course she covered the first half in 1:15:46 and the second in 1:14:02 to win by some 400m and lead Japan to World Cup team victory. Although violently sick during the race, imon moved into third place at 39Km.
 The Women's Marathon at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, Greece was held on Saturday August 9, 1997, with the start at 08:05h local time.

Records

Standing records prior to the 1997 World Athletics Championships
World record Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway 2:21:06 April 21, 1985 London, United Kingdom
Championships record Rosa Mota  Portugal 2:25:17 August 29, 1987 Rome, Italy
Season best Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 2:22:07 April 20, 1997 Rotterdam, Netherlands
  Marathon 9 August

Event Report Women Marathon

A steely display of marathon running on a tough course brought Japan’s Hiromi Suzuki the women’s marathon gold medal in a course record time of 2:29:48. With her teammates, Takako Tobise and Nobuko Fujimura in 4th and 10th respectively, she led Japan to a World Marathon Cup team title Suzuki’s strength on the hills was the key to her success. She outran the defending champion and 1993 silver medallist, Manuela Machado of Portugal on the hardest part of the course, between 25 and 35km, killing off her rivals with a decisive break. It never looked like she would be caught over the final 12km and ran faster and faster as she headed for the finish in the Panathinaikos stadium. Machada was over a minute behind at the finish at 2:31:11. Romania’s Lidia Simon survived sickness at the half way stage to finish strongly in third place, clocking 2:31:55. The early pace on one of the few flat sections of the course was swift and a large group of 20 headed the field through the first 10km in 35:08. The first significant move came from the Olympic champion, Fatuma Roba, who accelerated from the front and quickly reduced the group was to nine - Roba, four Japanese, Suzuki, Fujimura, Tobise and Mariko Hara, two Romanians, Anuta Catuna and Simon, Machada, and Estonia’s Jane Salumae. On the first climb, between 10 and 15km, Fujimura and Salumae began to lose touch. Shortly after 15km (53:05) two Germans, Biba and Oberem caught Fujimura and dragged her back to the leaders. At 20km (1:11.23) Fujimura lost touch again, but the biggest shock came at the half way stage (1:15.42) when Roba dropped out clutching her side. The lead group was now down to seven - Oberem, Machada, the two Romanians and three Japanese - although Oberem and Hara also began to struggle. By 25km (1:30.23) the group was five and within the next kilometre it was down to three - Tobise and Simon slipping back. Suzuki made her decisive move just after 26 kilometres. Working hard on the climbs, she gained 15 metres on her two rivals. By the 28km mark she had extended her advantage to 50m and was still moving away. Machada gave chase in second but at 30km (1:48:18 for Suzuki) the gap to second was 11 seconds, Catuna another 6 seconds behind in third. A 5km split of 17:13 by Suzuki on the hardest part of the course confirmed her superiority. She passed 35km in 2:05.31 and headed into Athens, speeding up still further on the descent to the finish. Machada maintained her position but Catuna was caught first by Tobise, then by her teammate, Simon, who fought back to claim the bronze. Romania was second in the team competition, Italy third.
  Final
1 Hiromi Suzuki JPN 6 Dec 68 2.29.48
2 Manuela Machado POR 9 Aug 63 2.31.12
3 Lidia Simon ROU 4 Sep 73 2.31.55
4 Takako Tobise JPN 20 Jun 74 2.32.18
5 Ornella Ferrara ITA 17 Apr 68 2.33.10
6 Iris Biba-Pöschl GER 27 May 64 2.34.06
7 Sonja Oberem GER 24 Feb 73 2.35.28
8 Franziska Moser-Rochat SUI 17 Aug 66 2.36.16
9 Yelena Razdrogina RUS 25 Aug 69 2.36.37
10 Nobuko Fujimura JPN 18 Dec 65 2.36.51
11 Anuta Catuna ROU 1 Oct 68 2.38.38
12 Maria Polizou GRE 10 Nov 68 2.39.10
13 Franca Fiacconi ITA 4 Oct 65 2.39.53
14 Christine Mallo Joly FRA 26 Feb 66 2.40.55
15 Elfenesh Alemu ETH 10 Jun 75 2.41.00
16 Grete Kirkeberg NOR 3 Sep 64 2.41.05
17 Maryse Le Gallo FRA 27 Apr 60 2.41.08
18 Aura Buia ROU 16 Feb 70 2.41.45
19 Mariko Hara JPN 27 Dec 70 2.42.00
20 Heather Turland AUS 27 Apr 60 2.42.12
21 Rocío Rios ESP 13 Mar 69 2.42.18
22 Judit Földing-Nagy HUN 9 Dec 65 2.42.21
23 Angharad Mair GBR 30 Mar 61 2.42.31
24 Laura Fogli ITA 5 Oct 59 2.43.28
25 Cheryl Collins USA 8 Nov 66 2.43.42
26 Volha Yudenkova BLR 7 Jan 67 2.43.47
27 Anna Villani ITA 21 Jun 66 2.43.58
28 Sally Goldsmith GBR 18 Jan 61 2.44.20
29 Tomoe Abe JPN 13 Aug 71 2.45.19
30 Nuta Olaru ROU 28 Aug 70 2.47.12
31 Alena Vinitskaya BLR 23 Aug 73 2.47.57
32 Manuela Zipse GER 11 May 74 2.48.45
33 Asselefech Assefa ETH 12 Dec 87 2.48.54
34 Evelyne Mura FRA 14 Jul 62 2.48.57
35 Danielle Sanderson GBR 26 Oct 62 2.49.03
36 Julia Kirtland USA 15 Mar 65 2.49.43
37 Anfisa Kosacheva RUS 1 Mar 65 2.50.29
38 Grace De Oliveira RSA 2.50.36
39 Gaëlle Houitte FRA 28 Feb 71 2.50.38
40 Julie Peterson USA 2.51.59
41 Irina Timofeyeva RUS 5 Apr 70 2.53.01
42 Panagiota Nikolakopoulou GRE 64 2.54.03
43 Lo Man Yi HKG 2.54.59
44 Alemitu Bekele ETH 22 Aug 78 2.55.06
45 Yeoryía Abatzídou GRE 19 Apr 69 2.56.58
46 Marisol Vargas MEX 2.58.22
47 Carolyn Hunter-Rowe GBR 3.01.01
48 May Allison CAN 3.01.26
49 Danuta Bartoszek CAN 3.01.30
50 Rita Toto RSA 3.04.05
51 Rosa Salinas MEX 3.12.55
52 Gina Coello HON 3.17.33
53 Alexandra De Snoo ARU 3.22.08
54 Gulsara Dadabayeva TJK 3.30.45
Alina Gherasim ROU 10 Nov 71 DNF
- Rosa Oliveira POR DNF
Birgit Jerschabek GER 17 May 69 DNF
Fatuma Roba ETH 18 Dec 70 DNF
- Mary Alico USA DNF
- Flor Venegas CHI DNF
Nicole Carroll AUS 14 Jan 72 DNF
Sonia Maccioni ITA 5 Mar 66 DNF
Alina Ivanova RUS 16 Mar 69 DNF
Jane Salumäe EST 17 Jan 68 DNF
- Gadissie Edatto ETH DNF
- Lucia Rendon MEX DNF
- Anita Haakenstad NOR DNF
Alena Mazouka BLR 30 Jun 67 DNF
- Paraskevi Kastriti GRE DNF
- Angelina Mantokoane Pitso LES DNF
- Maria Elena Reyna MEX DNF
- Patty Valadka USA DNF
- Galina Baruk-Kornatsevich BLR DNF
- Josette Colomb-Janin FRA DNF
- Spiridoula Souma GRE DNF

09 AUG 1997 08:05

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Elfenesh Alemu ETH ETH    
1 Asselefech Assefa ETH ETH    
1 Alemitu Bekele ETH ETH    
1 Gadissie Edatto ETH ETH    
1 Fatuma Roba ETH ETH 2:26:05 2:26:23
2 Tomoe Abe JPN JPN 2:26:09  
2 Nobuko Fujimura JPN JPN 2:26:09  
2 Mariko Hara JPN JPN    
2 Hiromi Suzuki JPN JPN 2:26:27 2:29:36
2 Takako Tobise JPN JPN    
3 Jane Salumäe EST EST 2:27:04 2:27:04
4 Aurica Buia ROU ROU 2:31:39  
4 Anuta Catuna ROU ROU 2:28:18  
4 Camelia Alina Tecuţă-Gherasim ROU ROU    
4 Nuta Olaru ROU ROU    
4 Lidia Simon ROU ROU 2:27:04 2:27:04
5 Ornella Ferrara ITA ITA 2:28:01 2:28:01
5 Franca Fiacconi ITA ITA 2:28:22  
5 Laura Fogli ITA ITA 2:27:49  
5 Sonia Maccioni ITA ITA    
5 Anna Villani ITA ITA 2:46:44  
6 Iris Biba-Pöschl GER GER 2:33:48  
6 Birgit Jerschabek GER GER 2:28:02 2:30:30
6 Sonja Oberem GER GER 2:28:02 2:28:02
6 Manuela Zipse GER GER    
7 Maria Manuela Machado POR POR 2:27:42 2:28:12
7 Rosa Oliveira POR POR    
8 Halina Karnatsevich BLR BLR    
8 Alena Mazouka BLR BLR    
8 Alena Vinnitskaya BLR BLR    
8 Volha Yudenkova BLR BLR    
9 Alina Ivanova RUS RUS    
9 Anfisa Kosacheva RUS RUS    
9 Yelena Razdrogina RUS RUS 2:29:10 2:29:10
9 Irina Timofeeva RUS RUS    
10 Franziska Moser-Rochat SUI SUI 2:27:44  
11 Judit Földing-Nagy HUN HUN 2:28:50  
12 Nicole Carroll AUS AUS    
12 Heather Turland AUS AUS    
13 Anita Håkenstad Evertsen NOR NOR    
13 Grete Kirkeberg NOR NOR    
14 Josette Colomb-Janin FRA FRA    
14 Gaelle Houitte FRA FRA    
14 Maryse Le Gallo FRA FRA    
14 Christine Mallo FRA FRA    
14 Evelyne Mura FRA FRA    
15 May Allison CAN CAN    
15 Danuta Bartoszek CAN CAN 2:31:46  
16 Mary Alico USA USA    
16 Cheryl Collins USA USA    
16 Julia Kirtland USA USA    
16 Julie Peterson USA USA    
16 Patty Valadka USA USA    
17 Lucía Rendón MEX MEX    
17 Maria Elena Reyna MEX MEX    
17 Rosa Salinas MEX MEX    
17 Marisol Vargas MEX MEX    
18 Sally Goldsmith GBR GBR    
18 Carolyn Hunter-Rowe GBR GBR    
18 Angharad Mair GBR GBR    
18 Danielle Sanderson GBR GBR    
19 Flor Venegas CHI CHI 2:34:57  
20 Yeoryía Abatzídou GRE GRE    
20 Paraskevi Kastriti GRE GRE    
20 Panagiota Nikolakopoulou GRE GRE    
20 Maria Polizou GRE GRE    
20 Spiridoúla Soúma GRE GRE    
21 Grace De Oliveira RSA RSA    
21 Rita Toto RSA RSA    
22 Gulsara Dadabaeva TJK TJK    
23 Alexandra De Snoo ARU ARU    
24 Rocío Ríos ESP ESP 2:28:20  
25 Yi-Lo Man HKG HKG 2:59:39  
26 Gina Coello HON HON 2:59:54  
27 Angelina Mantokoane Pitso LES LES

 

 

 

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