The marathon event is in the Olympics since 1896 but it was shaped in 1921 and after that it’s a prominent part of Olympics. Surprisingly women were not the part of Olympics marathon till 1984, the category was included in 1984 at Los Angeles marathon.
The first women to win Olympic gold medal in the marathon was Joan Benoit of USA. Although, Arlene Pieper was considered as a first woman to officially finish a marathon (Pikes Peak Marathon, Colorado, USA) in 1959.
Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia holds the Olympic women’s marathon record, she achieved it in London Olympic 2012 with a time of 02:23:07 hrs. Tiki Gelana is also an Ethiopian national record in the marathon with her personal best of 2:18:58 hours.
Here is the complete list of Olympic gold medal winners in Women marathon since 1984 –
|Games||Marathon Winner (Women’s Race)||Time (hrs)||Country|
|2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics||Jemima Sumgong||2:24:04||Kenya|
|2012 London Olympics||Tiki Gelana||2:23:07||Ethiopia|
|2008 Beijing Olympics||Constantina Tomescu||2:26:44||Romania|
|2004 Athens Olympics||Mizuki Noguchi||2:26:20||Japan|
|2000 Sydney Olympics||Naoko Takahashi||2:23:14||Japan|
|1996 Atlanta Olympics||Fatuma Roba||2:26:05||Ethiopia|
|1992 Barcelona Olympics||Valentina Yegorova||2:32:41||Russia|
|1988 Seoul Olympics||Rosa Mota||2:25:40||Potugal|
|1984 Los Angeles Olympics||Joan Benoit||2:24:52||USA|
Jemima Sumgong, winner of 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, became the first female winner from Kenya in Marathon event of Olympic.
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