Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Olympic Park Stadium.jpg
Seoul Olympic Stadium (2012)
VenueJamsil Olympic Stadium, Seoul
DatesOctober 2
Competitors118 from 66 nations
Winning time2:10:59
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gelindo Bordin
 Italy
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Douglas Wakiihuri
 Kenya
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Hussein Ahmed Salah
 Djibouti
← 1984
1992 →

The men's marathon at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea was held on Sunday October 2, 1988. The race started at 14:30h local time. A total of 98 athletes completed the race, with Polin Belisle from Belize finishing in last position in 3'14:02. There were 118 competitors from 60 countries. Twenty of them did not finish.[1] The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The event was won by Gelindo Bordin of Italy, the nation's first victory in the Olympic men's marathon and first medal in the event since 1924. Kenya (Douglas Wakiihuri's silver) and Djibouti (Hussein Ahmed Salah's bronze) each won their first Olympic men's marathon medal.

Background[edit]

This was the 21st appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Returning runners from the 1984 marathon included silver medalist John Treacy of Ireland, bronze medalist Charlie Spedding of Great Britain, fifth-place finisher Robert de Castella of Australia, and sixth-place finisher Juma Ikangaa of Tanzania. The favorites included de Castella, Gelindo Bordin of Italy, and rising star Hussein Ahmed Salah of Djibouti.[2] Douglas Wakiihuri of Kenya had won the 1987 world championship over Ahmed Salah and Bordin.

American Samoa, Angola, Belize, (the People's Republic of) China, Fiji, Guam, Guinea, the Maldives, Niger, Rwanda, and the Solomon Islands each made their first appearance in Olympic men's marathons. The United States made its 20th appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the boycotted 1980 Games.

Gary Fanelli of the United States moved to Tafuna, American Samoa six months prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul in order to coach and attain his Olympic eligibility for America Samoa.[3] Fanelli's time of 2:25:35, good for 51st place, is an American Samoan national record.[4]

Competition format and course[edit]

As all Olympic marathons, the competition was a single race. The marathon distance of 26 miles, 385 yards was run over an out-and-back route starting and finishing at the Olympic Stadium, running along the Han River.[2]

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World record  Belayneh Densamo (ETH) 2:06:50 Rotterdam, Netherlands 17 April 1988
Olympic record  Carlos Lopes (POR) 2:09:21 Los Angeles, United States 12 August July 1984

No new world or Olympic bests were set during the competition.

Schedule[edit]

All times are Korea Standard Time adjusted for daylight savings (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 2 October 1988 14:35 Final

Results[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Gelindo Bordin  Italy 2:10:32
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Douglas Wakiihuri  Kenya 2:10:47
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Hussein Ahmed Salah  Djibouti 2:10:59
4 Takeyuki Nakayama  Japan 2:11:05
5 Steve Moneghetti  Australia 2:11:49
6 Charlie Spedding  Great Britain 2:12:19
7 Juma Ikangaa  Tanzania 2:13:06
8 Robert de Castella  Australia 2:13:07
9 Toshihiko Seko  Japan 2:13:41
10 Ravil Kashapov  Soviet Union 2:13:49
11 Jesús Herrera  Mexico 2:13:58
12 John Campbell  New Zealand 2:14:08
13 Gerard Nijboer  Netherlands 2:14:40
14 Pete Pfitzinger  United States 2:14:44
15 Marti ten Kate  Netherlands 2:14:53
16 Orlando Pizzolato  Italy 2:15:20
17 Hisatoshi Shintaku  Japan 2:15:42
18 Kim Won-Tak  South Korea 2:15:44
19 Gianni Poli  Italy 2:16:07
20 Dieudonné LaMothe  Haiti 2:16:15
21 Dave Long  Great Britain 2:16:18
22 Henrik Jørgensen  Denmark 2:16:40
23 Ralf Salzmann  West Germany 2:16:54
24 Dick Hooper  Ireland 2:17:16
25 Miroslavo Vindiš  Yugoslavia 2:17:47
26 Cai Shangyan  China 2:17:54
27 Joaquim Silva  Portugal 2:18:05
28 Art Boileau  Canada 2:18:20
29 Ed Eyestone  United States 2:19:09
30 Noureddine Sobhi  Morocco 2:19:56
31 Yu Jae-seong  South Korea 2:20:11
32 Mehmet Terzi  Turkey 2:20:12
33 Kevin Forster  Great Britain 2:20:45
34 Bigboy Josie Matlapeng  Botswana 2:20:51
35 Allaoua Khellil  Algeria 2:21:12
36 Justin Gloden  Luxembourg 2:22:14
37 Alexandre Gonzalez  France 2:22:24
38 Zhang Guowei  China 2:22:49
39 Pedro Ortiz  Colombia 2:23:34
40 Ronald Lanzoni  Costa Rica 2:23:45
41 Bradley Camp  Australia 2:23:49
42 Adolphe Ambowode  Central African Republic 2:23:52
43 John Burra  Tanzania 2:24:17
44 Samuel Hlawe  Swaziland 2:24:42
45 Juan Amores  Costa Rica 2:24:49
46 Peter Maher  Canada 2:24:49
47 Abdou Manzo  Niger 2:25:05
48 Diamantino dos Santos  Brazil 2:25:13
49 Omar Moussa  Djibouti 2:25:25
50 Carlos Retiz  Mexico 2:25:34
51 Gary Fanelli  American Samoa 2:25:35
52 John Woods  Ireland 2:25:38
53 Gideon Mthembu  Swaziland 2:25:56
54 Baikuntha Manandhar  Nepal 2:25:57
55 Karel David  Czechoslovakia 2:26:12
56 Ivo Rodrigues  Brazil 2:26:27
57 Martín Mondragón  Mexico 2:27:10
58 Vusie Dlamini  Swaziland 2:28:06
59 Inni Aboubacar  Niger 2:28:15
60 Yohanna Waziri  Nigeria 2:29:14
61 Noheku Nteso  Lesotho 2:29:44
62 Benjamin Longiros  Uganda 2:30:29
63 Vincent Ruguga  Uganda 2:31:04
64 Alfonso Abellán  Spain 2:31:10
65 Vithanakande Samarasinghe  Sri Lanka 2:31:29
66 Tika Bogati  Nepal 2:31:49
67 Dave Edge  Canada 2:32:19
68 Luis López  Costa Rica 2:32:43
69 Juan Camacho  Bolivia 2:34:41
70 Abbas Mohamed  Nigeria 2:35:26
71 Ahmet Altun  Turkey 2:37:44
72 James Gombedza  Zimbabwe 2:38:13
73 Kamana Koji  Zaire 2:38:34
74 João Carvalho  Angola 2:40:45
75 Aaron Dupnai  Papua New Guinea 2:41:47
76 Bineshwar Prasad  Fiji 2:41:50
77 Calvin Dallas  Virgin Islands 2:42:19
78 Telesphore Dusabe  Rwanda 2:42:52
79 Eugène Muslar  Belize 2:43:29
80 Hassan Karimou  Niger 2:43:51
81 Wallace Williams  Virgin Islands 2:44:40
82 Mohala Mohloli  Lesotho 2:44:44
83 Awadh Shaban Al-Sameer  Oman 2:46:59
84 Derick Adamson  Jamaica 2:47:57
85 Krishna Bahadur Basnet  Nepal 2:47:57
86 Fred Schumann  Guam 2:49:52
87 John Mwathiwa  Malawi 2:51:43
88 Marlon Williams  Virgin Islands 2:52:06
89 Kaleka Mutoke  Zaire 2:55:21
90 James Walker  Guam 2:56:32
91 Mohiddin Mohamed Kulmiye  Somalia 2:58:10
92 Fred Ogwang  Uganda 2:59:35
93 Naser Babapour  Iran 3:00:20
94 Ricardo Taitano  Guam 3:03:19
95 Baba Ibrahim Suma-Keita  Sierra Leone 3:04:00
96 Alassane Bah  Guinea 3:06:27
97 Nguyễn Văn Thuyết  Vietnam 3:10:57
98 Polin Belisle  Belize 3:14:02
Ahmed Mohamed Ismail  Somalia DNF
Bruno Lafranchi  Switzerland DNF
Ibrahim Hussein  Kenya DNF
Alain Lazare  France DNF
John Treacy  Ireland DNF
Dirk Vanderherten  Belgium DNF
Domingo Aguilar  Chile DNF
Honorato Hernández  Spain DNF
Jörg Peter  East Germany DNF
Joseph Kipsang  Kenya DNF
Gwon Seong-nak  South Korea DNF
El Mostafa Nechchadi  Morocco DNF
George Mambosasa  Malawi DNF
Abdul Haji Abdul Latheef  Maldives DNF
Hussein Haleem  Maldives DNF
Geir Kvernmo  Norway DNF
Paulo Catarino  Portugal DNF
John Maeke  Solomon Islands DNF
Martin Vrábeľ  Czechoslovakia DNF
Mark Conover  United States DNF

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's Marathon". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Marathon, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  3. ^ Lukens, Mark (September 25, 1988). "Marathoner Gary Fanelli has a Seoul of his own". Reading Eagle. p. C-2. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  4. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. 497–498. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2011.

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