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Gold medal times in the marathon at the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

Gold medal winning times in the Men's and Women's marathon at the Summer Olympics from 1896 to 2016

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Sources

Release date

2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1896 to 2016

Supplementary notes

This data was collected using the official Olympic.org site, as well as a spreadsheet from the Guardian that includes data from 1896-2008 (available here), 2012 and 2016 data was compared with that from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and several news outlets were used to update the table when medals were reassigned (i.e. for doping offenses).

In order to display the data visually, the times have been converted into metric minutes. The standard times (male listed first) are as follows (h:mm:ss):
1896 - 2:58:50
1900 - 2:59:45
1904 - 3:28:53
1908 - 2:55:18
1912 - 2:36:55
1920 - 2:32:36
1924 - 2:41:23
1928 - 2:32:57
1932 - 2:31:36
1936 - 2:29:19
1948 - 2:34:52
1952 - 2:23:03
1956 - 2:25:00
1960 - 2:15:16
1964 - 2:12:11
1968 - 2:20:26
1972 - 2:12:20
1976 - 2:09:55
1980 - 2:11:03
1984 - 2:09:21 & 02:24:52
1988 - 2:10:32 & 02:24:40
1992 - 2:13:23 & 02:32:41
1996 - 2:12:36 & 02:26:05
2000 - 2:10:11 & 02:23:14
2004 - 2:10:55 & 02:26:20
2008 - 2:06:32 & 02:26:44
2012 - 2:08:01 & 02:23:07
2016 - 2:08:44 & 02:24:04

The winning athletes (male listed first) and their represented countries are as follows:
1896 - Spyridon Louis (Greece)
1900 - Michel Theato (France)
1904 - Thomas Hicks (US)
1908 - John Hayes (US)
1912 - Kennedy Kane McArthur (South Africa)
1920 - Hannes Kolehmainen (Finland)
1924 - Albin Stenroos (Finland)
1928 - Boughera El Ouafi (France)
1932 - Juan Carlos Zabala (Argentina)
1936 - Kitei Son (Japan)
1948 - Delfo Cabrera (Argentina)
1952 - Emil Zatopek (Czechoslovakia)
1956 - Alain Mimoun (France)
1960 - Abebe Bikila (Ethiopia)
1964 - Abebe Bikila (Ethiopia)
1968 - Mamo Wolde (Ethiopia)
1972 - Frank Charles Shorter (US)
1976 - Waldemar Cerpinski (East Germany)
1980 - Waldemar Cerpinski (East Germany)
1984 - Carlos Lopes (Portugal) & Joan Benoit (US)
1988 - Gelindo Bordin (Italy) & Rosa Mota (Portugal)
1992 - Young-Cho Hwang (South Korea) & Valentina Yegorova (Unified Team)
1996 - Josia Thugwane (South Africa) & Fatuma Roba (Ethiopia)
2000 - Gazahegne Abera (Ethiopia) & Naoko Takahashi (Japan)
2004 - Stefano Baldini (Italy) & Mizuki Noguchi (Japan)
2008 - Samuel Kamau Wanjiru (Kenya) & Constantina Tomescu (Romania)
2012 - Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda) & Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia)
2016 - Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) & Jemima Jelagat Sumgong (Kenya)

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