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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's Marathon

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland  
Dates: 6–14 August 2005  
Nations participating: 196  
Athletes participating: 1,891  
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF    Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Having competed in seven global championships with just one medal (silver in the 1999 world 10,000m) Paula Radcliffe was regarded as a less than able big-time competitor. As was her wont she went to the front immediately, and only Ndereba, Tomescu-Di and Kimutai took up the challenge. In cool but wet conditions Radcliffe comfortably passed 10Km in 33:23, 20Km in 66:16 and reached halfway in 69:49 with a 15m gap to the chasing trio, and a further 30 seconds to Zhou. At 30Km Radcliffe (1:39:22) was 11 seconds clear of Tomescu-Di, with Ndereba five seconds further back, nearly a minute ahead of DOHA 2019  PAST RESULTS/WORLD CHAMPS WOMEN’S MARATHON 293 Kimutai. By 40Km Radcliffe was 47 seconds clear, and she finished 1:04 ahead of Ndereba, and Tomescu-Di, fading fast, held on to beat Tulu for the bronze medal. Radcliffe summed it up – “it is right up there with running the world record. I’ve shown I can win major titles as well.”
 The Women's Marathon race at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held on 14 August in the streets of Helsinki with the goal line situated in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Paula Radcliffe set the pace of the race, leading all the way from start to finish. Constantina Tomescu was able to keep up with Radcliffe the longest, but began to fall behind after the 25 km mark and at the end found herself overtaken by the defending champion Catherine Ndereba.
 
  Marathon     14 August    
  Final          

Event Reports - Women Marathon Final

Radcliffe wins at last

So often the bridesmaid, Paula Radcliffe finally became the bride this afternoon when she won her first global championships title after a fascinating women’s marathon through the streets of Helsinki.

The 31 year-old Briton set a new world championships record of 2:20:57, more than five minutes outside her 2003 world record, to give Britain its first gold medal of these championships and its first ever marathon title in a global championships. It is also Britain’s first medal of any colour in this event at either a world championships or an Olympic Games.

Radcliffe has finished fourth, fifth, second and fourth in World championship distance finals, was fourth in the 2000 Olympic 10,000m final and famously dropped out of the Olympic marathon last summer when she was the overwhelming favourite.

But this afternoon, in conditions so different from the Athens heat last summer, she led from start to finish in true Paula Radcliffe style, slowly but surely wearing down her rivals over the 42km course before pulling away from Romania’s Constantina Tomescu and Kenya’s defending champion Catherine Ndereba in the second half of the race.

“It was hard out there but I enjoyed it quite a bit too,” she said. “Last year I had a lot of problems but this season I just made sure I was healthy coming into Helsinki and just concentrated on what I wanted to do.

Ndereba ran a beautifully judged race to win the silver in 2:22:01 and lead her country to the World Marathon Cup title ahead of four-time winners Japan. Tomescu took the bronze after twice bravely trying to stay with Radcliffe and once even pushing on the pace herself.

But in the end the Briton’s front running was just too tough. Radcliffe decisive move came with more than 15km of the race still to run when only Tomescu and Ndereba were within touching distance.

Running in shades despite the grey, drizzly conditions, she adopted her customary position at the head of the pack as soon as the athletes moved out of Senate Square in the heart of Helsinki, headed through Market Square and down towards the harbour front.

There was little surprise about Radcliffe’s tactics. Front running is her way, the way she has won three London marathons and set two marathon world records over the last three years. Fatally, it was also her tactics in the Olympic final last year when she failed to finish so disastrously.

From the beginning it was clear this was going to be different. For a start the weather was perfect – no blistering heat here, but English-style rain and wet roads. Radcliffe must have trained in just such weather thousands of times.

After just five minutes she had opened a 20-metre gap on the majority of the field, leaving a splintered trail of runners behind her. Initially only Japan’s Yumiko Hara, the Nagoya winner, stayed with her, but slowly others moved close. Ethiopia’s Asha Gigi regained contact and these two took shelter behind the Briton as she led along Helsinki’s harbour front.

Ndereba was padding along at the front of the chasing pack of 12 some 25 metres behind, and gradually she led Ethiopia’s Derartu Tulu – so often Radcliffe’s nemesis on the track – in an attempt to close the gap.

Radcliffe led through 5km in 16:47, around 2:21 pace, with Gigi and Hara in close attendance. Ndereba, Tulu, Tomescu, China’s Chunxiu Zhou and three other Kenyans, Helen Kimutai, Beatrice Omwanza and Rita Sitenei Jeptoo, reduced the gap to about 10 metres after 9km.

After skirting the water front of Menkannonue, Radcliffe led them through 10km in 33:23. Her 10k split during her world record run in London in 2003 was 30:54, so here she seemed to be running well within herself. The chasing group – now down to five – was still three seconds adrift, while another Kenyan, former London and New York marathon winner Tegla Loroupe, was in a third group another 24 seconds back.

As the runners would through the park surrounding the Olympic stadium for the first time Radcliffe maintained her steady pace. After 14km Tomescu made an effort to join the group and soon Radcliffe had three on her tail.

Appearing to sense the danger she upped the tempo to take them through 15km in 49:54. Tomescu, looking stronger and stronger, moved alongside the Briton. She is known as a front runner but until winning last year’s Chicago marathon had tended to fade in the closing stages. Now she was actually forcing the pace. It was too much for Gigi, who dropped back to be caught by the Kenyans as Tomescu and Radcliffe ran stride for stride.

The Romanian broke her national record when finishing second to Radcliffe in this year’s London marathon but she’d never run at this pace before. Gradually it began to tell as Radcliffe wound up the pace again leading through 20km in 1:06:16. By now Ndereba had dragged Kimutai back to Tomescu as Radcliffe pushed on again to lead by 10 metres at the half way mark – 1:09:50 – her gradual increase in pace meaning she was now on course for a sub-2:20 time.

At this point the Kenyans still looked fresh while Tomescu appeared out of it. Incredibly, just five minutes later she recovered, striding back past the Kenyans and on to Radcliffe’s shoulder. For the Briton, being caught once is rare, being caught twice unthinkable. She’d put in her fastest efforts of the race and still the Romanian had clawed her way back.

Together again, they strode over the blue 25km mat in 1:22:48 with Ndereba now alone in third place. Further down the field the fast race was taking its toll with a gap of nearly three minutes to tenth place.

Suddenly, after just under 90 minutes of running, Radcliffe kicked again up a small incline. Tomescu, who had been checking her watch regularly as if late for an appointment, immediately fell behind. Surely she couldn’t come back a second time.

Radcliffe, now in familiar nodding style, had finally killed off her challengers. The gap to Kimutai in fourth was more than a minute as she passed 30k in 1:39:22, nearly three minutes outside her world record pace but 11 seconds ahead of Tomescu and 16 clear of Ndereba who caught the Romanian for the second time shortly afterwards.

Radcliffe was now in wholly familiar territory and, as the sun broke out for the first time in the day, drying the Helsinki cobbles, she slowly extended her lead. She was 28 seconds ahead of Ndereba at 35km and 45 ahead of Tomescu.

All of them were suffering though – the last 5km had been the slowest at 16:53 – and after two hours the strain began to show in Radcliffe’s face and neck. Perhaps that 10,000m final she ran a week ago was beginning to have an effect. Luckily, Ndereba was struggling too and all Radcliffe had to do was hold it together over the final section of the 10km loop and into the stadium.

She was slowing (the 5km to 40km was 17:06) but not enough to lose. Grimacing hard, she dug deep to climb the last small hill lined with crowds and sweep into the stadium. Only a smattering of fans had made their way there to greet her but many of them held British flags.

Twelve months ago she was left in tears beside the Marathon to Athens course, stricken by stomach problems and hampered by injury. This year she crossed the line in bright sunshine, a broad grin finally breaking out after 42km of incessant, grinding pace.

She finished just as Ndereba entered the stadium, stopping the clock at 2:20:57, a championships record by nearly three minutes and just over two minutes quicker than Emil Zatopek ran to win the marathon here at the 1952 Olympic Games. When Norway’s Grete Waitz won here at the inaugural world championships 22 years ago she was more than seven minutes slower.

“At the last water station someone said you’re 50 seconds up, just enjoy, it,” said Radclifffe. “A big ‘kiitos’ to the Finnish crowd that supported me through the whole race.”

Behind Ndereba, Tulu was closing fast on Tomescu making up nearly two miniutes in the last five kilometres to miss a medal by just 11 seconds. Radcliffe applauded them home before setting off on her long-awaited lap of honour, a world champion at last.

1 Paula Radcliffe GBR 17 Dec 73 2.20.57    
2 Catherine Ndereba KEN 21 Jul 72 2.22.01    
3 Constantina Dita ROU 23 Jan 70 2.23.19    
4 Derartu Tulu ETH 21 Mar 72 2.23.30    
5 Zhou Chunxiu CHN 15 Nov 78 2.24.12    
6 Yumiko Hara JPN 9 Jan 82 2.24.20    
7 Rita Jeptoo KEN 15 Feb 81 2.24.22    
8 Harumi Hiroyama JPN 2 Sep 68 2.25.46    
9 Hellen Kimutai KEN 28 Dec 77 2.26.14    
10 Megumi Oshima JPN 4 Sep 75 2.26.29    
11 Madaí Pérez MEX 2 Feb 80 2.26.50    
12 Halina Karnatsevich BLR 2 Nov 69 2.27.14    
13 Dorota Gruca POL 5 Dec 70 2.27.46    
14 Jong Yong Ok PRK 24 Jan 81 2.29.43    
15 Mari Ozaki JPN 16 Jul 75 2.30.28    
16 Asha Gigi ETH 15 Oct 73 2.30.38    
17 Ryoko Eda JPN 12 Jun 76 2.31.16    
18 Mara Yamauchi GBR 13 Aug 73 2.31.26    
19 Rosaria Console ITA 17 Dec 79 2.32.47    
20 Alina Ivanova RUS 16 Mar 69 2.32.53    
21 Aura Buia ROU 16 Feb 70 2.33.20    
22 Shitaye Gemechu ETH 17 Jun 80 2.34.01    
23 Oh Song Suk PRK 2 Sep 77 2.34.07    
24 Ryang Gum Hwa PRK 27 Oct 80 2.34.35    
25 Hayley Haining GBR 6 Mar 72 2.34.41    
26 Turena Johnson Lane USA 20 Jul 75 2.34.43    
27 Anna Pichrtová CZE 19 May 73 2.34.45    
28 Kirsten Marathon Melkevik NOR 29 May 70 2.35.08    
29 Beatrice Omwanza KEN 24 Feb 74 2.35.48    
30 Jill Boaz USA 21 Jan 67 2.36.29    
31 Isabel Eizmendi ESP 15 Jun 70 2.36.41    
32 Ana Dias POR 15 Jan 74 2.36.50    
33 Shireen Crumpton NZL 10 Jan 70 2.37.03    
34 Irina Permitina RUS 3 Feb 68 2.38.16    
35 Emily Levan USA 15 Jan 73 2.38.32    
36 Jenny Crain USA 12 Feb 68 2.39.02    
37 Dire Tune ETH 19 May 85 2.39.13    
38 Nadezhda Wijenberg NED 2 Apr 64 2.39.36    
39 Liza Hunter-Galvan NZL 25 Jun 69 2.39.47    
40 Tegla Loroupe KEN 9 May 73 2.39.58    
41 Nadia Ejjafini BRN 8 Nov 77 2.41.51    
42 Maija Oravamäki FIN 13 Mar 74 2.43.31    
43 Clarisse Rasoarizy MAD 27 Sep 71 2.43.58    
44 Oh Jung-Hee KOR 4 Dec 78 2.47.42    
45 Rebecca Moore NZL 11 Dec 73 2.50.36    
46 Epiphanie Nyirabarame RWA 15 Dec 81 2.52.11    
47 Hafida Narmouch MAR 8 May 79 2.52.41    
48 Mulu Seboka ETH 24 Sep 84 2.53.08    
49 Nili Abramski ISR 14 Jan 70 2.54.08    
50 Mary Akor USA 25 Sep 76 2.57.18    
51 Mamokete Lechela LES 82 3.03.26    
  Debbie Mason GBR 31 Jan 68 DNF    
  Kenza Wahbi MAR 4 Feb 71 DNF    
  Fabiola William John TAN 26 Dec 84 DNF    
  Kay Ulrich NZL 2 May 72 DNF    
  Nuta Olaru ROU 28 Aug 70 DNF    
  Zhour El Kamch MAR 15 Mar 73 DNF    
- Sandra Ruales ECU   DNS    
- Agueda Amaral TLS   DNS    

Intermediates

Rank Number Athlete Time
5 KILOMETRES
1 281  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 16:47
2 423  Yumiko Hara (JPN) 16:47
3 207  Asha Gigi (ETH) 16:47
4 456  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 16:50
5 214  Derartu Tulu (ETH) 16:50
10 KILOMETRES
1 281  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 33:23
2 423  Yumiko Hara (JPN) 33:23
3 207  Asha Gigi (ETH) 33:23
4 601  Constantina Tomescu (ROM) 33:26
5 456  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 33:26
15 KILOMETRES
1 281  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 49:53
2 423  Yumiko Hara (JPN) 49:54
3 207  Asha Gigi (ETH) 49:54
4 601  Constantina Tomescu (ROM) 49:54
5 456  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 49:56
20 KILOMETRES
1 281  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:06:16
2 601  Constantina Tomescu (ROM) 1:06:17
3 450  Hellen Jemaiyo Kimutai (KEN) 1:06:18
4 456  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 1:06:18
5 125  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 1:06:39
HALF MARATHON
1 281  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:09:49
2 456  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 1:09:52
3 450  Hellen Jemaiyo Kimutai (KEN) 1:09:52
4 601  Constantina Tomescu (ROM) 1:09:53
5 125  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 1:10:19
25 KILOMETRES
1 281  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:22:47
2 601  Constantina Tomescu (ROM) 1:22:48
3 456  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 1:22:50
4 450  Hellen Jemaiyo Kimutai (KEN) 1:23:00
5 125  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 1:23:42
30 KILOMETRES
1 281  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:39:22
2 601  Constantina Tomescu (ROM) 1:39:33
3 456  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 1:39:38
4 450  Hellen Jemaiyo Kimutai (KEN) 1:40:30
5 125  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 1:41:03
35 KILOMETRES
1 281  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 1:56:14
2 456  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 1:56:42
3 601  Constantina Tomescu (ROM) 1:56:59
4 450  Hellen Jemaiyo Kimutai (KEN) 1:58:29
5 125  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 1:58:35
40 KILOMETRES
1 281  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:13:22
2 456  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 2:14:09
3 601  Constantina Tomescu (ROM) 2:15:16
4 214  Derartu Tulu (ETH) 2:16:06
5 125  Zhou Chunxiu (CHN) 2:16:33

14 AUG 2005 14:20 

Order / Lane Bib ATHLETE COUNTRY PB SB 2005
1 785 Jennifer Crain USA USA 2:37:36  
2 778 Jill Boaz USA USA 2:34:54  
3 774 Mary Akor Basley USA USA 2:37:19 2:37:19
4 803 Turena Johnson-Lane USA USA 2:37:39  
5 808 Emily Levan USA USA 2:39:54  
6 536 Liza Hunter-Galvan NZL NZL 2:34:40 2:34:40
7 537 Rebecca Moore NZL NZL 2:39:58 2:39:58
8 539 Kay Ulrich NZL NZL 2:39:08 2:39:08
9 533 Shireen Crumpton NZL NZL 2:37:24 2:37:24
10 601 Constantina Dita ROU ROU 2:22:50 2:22:50
11 595 Nuta Olaru ROU ROU 2:24:33  
12 587 Aurica Buia ROU ROU 2:31:39 2:35:40
13 207 Asha Gigi ETH ETH 2:26:05 2:27:38
14 206 Shitaye Gemechu ETH ETH 2:26:15 2:32:51
15 214 Derartu Tulu ETH ETH 2:23:57 2:31:58
16 215 Dire Tune ETH ETH 2:30:48 2:30:48
17 211 Mulu Seboka ETH ETH 2:30:54 2:30:54
18 456 Catherine Ndereba KEN KEN 2:18:47  
19 459 Beatrice Omwanza KEN KEN 2:27:19 2:30:41
20 449 Rita Jeptoo Sitienei KEN KEN 2:28:11 2:31:51
21 454 Tegla Loroupe KEN KEN 2:20:43 2:34:42
22 450 Hellen Jemaiyo Kimutai KEN KEN 2:25:53 2:28:36
23 580 Yong-Ok Jong PRK PRK 2:26:12 2:32:50
24 582 Gum-Hwa Ryang PRK PRK 2:33:37 2:33:37
25 581 Song-Suk Oh PRK PRK 2:31:14 2:33:09
26 440 Mari Ozaki JPN JPN 2:23:30 2:23:59
27 421 Ryoko Eda JPN JPN 2:24:54 2:24:54
28 439 Megumi Oshima JPN JPN 2:24:25 2:24:25
29 423 Yumiko Hara JPN JPN 2:24:19 2:24:19
30 425 Harumi Hiroyama-Suzuki JPN JPN 2:22:56 2:25:56
31 486 Zhor El Kamch MAR MAR 2:26:10  
32 487 Hafida Narmouch MAR MAR 2:40:58 2:40:58
33 488 Kenza Wahbi MAR MAR 2:36:29  
34 281 Paula Radcliffe GBR GBR 2:15:25 2:17:42
35 288 Mara Yamauchi GBR GBR 2:31:52 2:31:52
36 279 Debbie Mason GBR GBR 2:35:40 2:36:59
37 278 Hayley Haining GBR GBR 2:35:23 2:35:23
38 374 Rosaria Console ITA ITA 2:27:48 2:28:04
39 520 Nadezhda Wijenberg NED NED 2:28:45  
40 573 Ana Dias POR POR 2:28:49 2:31:27
41 186 Isabel Eizmendi ESP ESP 2:33:14 2:33:14
42 677 Epiphanie Nyirabarame RWA RWA 2:44:45 2:50:57
43 499 Madaí Pérez MEX MEX 2:27:08  
44 473 Mamokete Lechela LES LES 2:57:33 3:11:04
45 51 Halina Karnatsevich BLR BLR 2:28:43 2:28:43
46 633 Alina Ivanova RUS RUS 2:25:34 2:31:22
47 466 Jung-hee Oh KOR KOR 2:31:41 2:31:41
48 727 Agueda Amaral TLS TLS 3:03:53  
49 529 Kirsten Marathon Melkevik NOR NOR 2:33:09 2:33:09
50 547 Dorota Gruca POL POL 2:28:49  
51 230 Maija Oravamäki FIN FIN 2:39:07  
52 651 Irina Permitina RUS RUS 2:26:53 2:29:44
53 125 Chunxiu Zhou CHN CHN 2:23:24 2:23:24
54 366 Nili Abramski ISR ISR 2:36:36 2:44:50
55 721 Fabiola William John TAN TAN 2:34:41 2:34:41
56 175 Sandra Ruales ECU ECU 2:37:02 2:37:02
57 76 Nadia Ejjafini BRN BRN 2:38:39  
58 481 Clarisse Rasoarizay MAD MAD 2:38:21 2:54:12
59 166 Anna Pichrtová CZE CZE 2:32:39 2:33:02
POS Team COUNTRY MARK
1 Kenya Kenya 7:12:37
2 Japan Japan 7:16:35
3 Great Britain & NI Great Britain & NI 7:27:04
4 Ethiopia Ethiopia 7:28:09
5 DPR of Korea DPR of Korea 7:38:25
6 United States United States 7:49:44
7 New Zealand New Zealand 8:07:26

 

 

 

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