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2000 Olympic Games Sydney - Women's Marathon



Host City: Sydney, Australia Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.
Date Started: September 24, 2000  
Date Finished: September 24, 2000  
(Competitors: 53; Countries: 28)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Overview by IAAF    2000_olympic_stadium.jpg
Marleen Renders of Belgium was the early leader, with a margin of 80m at one point. The pack caught up at 12Km, and Takahashi and her teammate Ari Ichihashi moved to the front at the 20Km point, with only Lidia Simon taking up the challenge. The three passed halfway in 71:45, but Ichihashi was dropped by 25Km. Takahasi and Simon ran together until 35Km when Takahashi opened up a gap of 30m. The gap widened, and though Simon closed slightly in the last 2Km, Takahashi was never threatened. Chepchumba moved into third place after 30k, finishing 92 seconds ahead of fourth place. Tegla Loroupe held the world best (2:20:43) was the favourite, but a bout of food poisoning relegated the Kenyan to 13th place (2:29:45). In all, 14 ran quicker than 0.104166666666667
Summary by      
The dominant women marathoners were the Japanese and the Africans, notably those from Kenya and Ethiopia. The champions from 1992 and 1996, Valentina Yegorova and Fatuma Roba, were back though they did not figure in the race for medals. Yegorova did not finish while Roba placed ninth. No favorite could be chosen as the major women’s marathons since 1996 had been spread out among several different victors.
The point-to-point race began at 9 AM near the North Sydney Oval. The race came down to the closest finish in the women’s Olympic marathon, with Japan’s Naoko Takahashi winning by eight seconds from Romania’s Lidia Şimon. The time of 2-23:14 was an Olympic record, better than the mark of 2-24:52 set by Joan Benoit in winning the inaugural Olympic marathon for women in 1984.


Standing records prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics
World Record  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 2:20:43 26 September 1999 Germany Berlin, Germany
Olympic Record  Joan Benoit (USA) 2:24:52 5 August 1984 United States Los Angeles, United States
Season Best  Naoko Takahashi (JPN) 2:22:19 12 March 2000 Japan Nagoya, Japan
Broken records at the 2000 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record  Naoko Takahashi (JPN) 2:23:14 24 September 2000 Australia Sydney, Australia
Marathon Women     Final 24 September      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.23.14     Naoko Takahashi Japan JPN 6 May 72  
2 2.23.22     Lidia Simon Romania ROU 4 Sep 73  
3 2.24.45     Joyce Chepchumba Kenya KEN 6 Nov 70  
4 2.26.17     Esther Wanjiru-Maina Kenya KEN 27 Mar 77  
5 2.26.33     Madina Biktagirova Russia RUS 20 Sep 64  
7 2.27.03     Eri Yamaguchi Japan JPN 14 Jan 73  
8 2.27.07     Ham Bong Sil North Korea PRK 8 Jul 74  
9 2.27.38     Fatuma Roba Ethiopia ETH 18 Dec 70  
10 2.27.55     Ren Xiujuan China CHN 14 Sep 74  
11 2.28.37     Kerryn McCann Australia AUS 2 May 67  
12 2.29.26     Maura Viceconte Italy ITA 3 Oct 67  
13 2.29.45     Tegla Loroupe Kenya KEN 9 May 73  
14 2.29.55     Irina Bogachova Kyrgyzstan KGZ 30 May 61  
15 2.30.34     Ari Ichihashi Japan JPN 22 Nov 77  
16 2.30.51     Adriana Fernández Mexico MEX 4 Apr 71  
17 2.30.54     Judit Földing-Nagy Hungary HUN 9 Dec 65  
18 2.31.32     Ornella Ferrara Italy ITA 17 Apr 68  
19 2.31.35     Chris Clark United States USA 10 Oct 62  
20 2.31.40     Jong Yong Ok North Korea PRK 24 Jan 81  
21 2.32.29     Manuela Machado Portugal POR 9 Aug 63  
22 2.32.29     Nadezhda Wijenberg Netherlands NED 2 Apr 64  
23 2.32.35     Lyubov Morgunova Russia RUS 14 Jan 71  
24 2.33.45     Sonja Oberem Germany GER 24 Feb 73  
25 2.33.54     Martha Tenorio Ecuador ECU 6 Aug 67  
26 2.34.33     Marian Sutton Great Britain GBR 7 Oct 63  
27 2.35.07     Erika Olivera Chile CHI 14 Jan 76  
28 2.35.32     Kim Chang Ok North Korea PRK 16 Apr 75  
29 2.36.16     Alina Gherasim Romania ROU 10 Nov 71  
30 2.36.45     Ana Isabel Alonso Spain ESP 16 Aug 63  
31 2.36.48     Colleen de Reuck South Africa RSA 13 Apr 64  
32 2.36.50     María Portillo Peru PER 10 Apr 72  
33 2.38.28     Griselda González Spain ESP 4 Dec 65  
34 2.38.42     Oh Mi-Ja South Korea KOR 3 Jul 70  
35 2.38.44     Sue Hobson Australia AUS 13 Mar 58  
36 2.42.29     Gadisse Edato Ethiopia ETH 15 Mar 73  
37 2.42.40     Serap Aktas Turkey TUR 25 Sep 71  
38 2.43.00     Daria Nauer Switzerland SUI 21 May 66  
39 2.45.40     Maria Luisa Muñoz Spain ESP 6 May 59  
40 2.47.26     Iglandini González Colombia COL 5 Feb 65  
41 2.51.03     Gulsara Dadabayeva Tajikistan TJK 4 Jul 76  
42 3.02.32     Gina Coelho Honduras HON 2 Oct 64  
43 3.10.55     Agueda Fatima Amaral Timor-Leste TLS 27 May 72  
44 3.13.58     Rhonda Davidson-Alley Guam GUM 19 Apr 61  
45 3.34.27     Sirivanh Ketavong Laos LAO 1 Sep 70  
  DNS     Claudia Dreher Germany GER 2 May 71  
  DNF     Valentina Yegorova Russia RUS 16 Feb 64  
  DNF     Marleen Renders Belgium BEL 24 Dec 68  
  DNF     Elisabeth Mongudhi Namibia NAM 15 Jun 70  
  DNF     Garifa Kuku Kazakhstan KAZ 30 Nov 59  
  DNF     Martha Ernstsdóttir Iceland ISL 22 Dec 64  
  DNF     Valentina Yenaki Moldova MDA 15 Feb 66  
  DNF     Anuta Catuna Romania ROU 1 Oct 68  
  DNF     Nicole Carroll Australia AUS 14 Jan 72  
More Details by Marathoninfo
 2000 SYDNEY: Takahashi finally brings a gold medal in Japan.
Sunday, September 24 at 9 am Naoko Takahashi (Japan) 28 years 53 of 36 countries 8 (15.09%)
Japan is a marathon earth as it exists no other, the marathon is quite the culture of this country, the endurance and self-sacrifice that requires match people's mentality the country of the rising sun, in short the marathon is another religion; Yet, except for the victory Kitei Son (but it is the same Korean truth he ran under the shirt Japanese by force ..) they have never won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, cruel injustice !! Naoko Takahashi will manage to please all the people by winning the gold medal at the Sydney Games, finally !!

Takahashi ran his first marathon in Osaka in 1997 2h31h32 "at 25, the following year it was the Japan record in 2h25h48" always in Osaka before winning the Asian Games in Bangkok in 2:21:46, flying truly tested. This was the 5th best performance and the best performed in an exclusively women's race. The year 1999 marked an apparent obstacle to its progress because of an injury that forces him to give up the world championships in Seville.

It addresses the Olympic year and are reassured by achieving 2:22:19 in Nagoya on March 12, winning the race with more than two minutes ahead. The marathon that seemed able to counter it were primarily including Kenyan Tegla Loroupe who had the best performance of the year in 1998 in 2:20:47 in Rotterdam and Berlin in 1999 in 2:20:43. With such Loroupe results should have been the favorite, but unlike Takahashi, it has multiplied the race, indeed Wolker Wagner, coach doubled manager who had taken her under his control in Germany in the early 1990s did not give him the opportunity to recover well by linking the races. During the 1999 season that preceded the games, she thirty eight races including 10,000m, five and three half marathons !! While aligning the three national records and a world best, it will pay for the Olympics. Also in the morning the Olympic marathon, she suffered from food poisoning, vomiting before taking the road, and courageously finished in 23th position in 2:29:45, then placed on a drip.

The marathon of Sydney was not the most obvious, the most eventful part is between the 25th and 37th km, not the most obvious part for marathoners. The Belgian Marleen Renders, winner in Paris in Paris took 2:23:43 to leave fairly quickly, passing the tenth in 34'08 ".

At the midpoint spent in 1h11'45 "there was no question of Renders, joined at the 12th kilometer and doomed to abandonment. Then we find in both Japanese and head Takahashi Ichihashi accompanied Romanian Lidia Simon 6th in Atlanta and therefore very serious opponent. Takahashi say after the race "with my coach, we planned that I would leave between the 32th and 35th kilometers, or there ups and downs follow each other and make legs hurt. I love this kind of course and I know Lidia does not like. "This was actually there that the Japanese brought his first attack failed, then a second that this time assured him twenty meters ahead on the fortieth kilometer past in 2:15:19. Taking cramps towards the end, the Romanian came back in the last 600 meters but Takahashi managed to keep eight seconds ahead of the line !! phew, Japan finally had its first gold medal. the defending champion Fatuma Roba ended when her 9th in 2:27:38. the following year Naoko Takahashi became the first female athlete to go under 2:20 in winning the Berlin marathon in 2:19:46. she still win in Berlin in 2002, then was injured and was not able to select for the Athens Olympics despite a time of 2:27:21 in Tokyo, but despite the controversy over his non-selection and Japan cut in half, logic of the time of the selection tests prevailed over the choice of confidence in this exceptional athlete, unsure she can return to his best before the Olympics.




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