OLYMPIC FEMALE MARATHON WINNERS – AFRICA REPRESENTS!

Over the years, sport has been a strong unifying asset, bringing a number of nations together. It is of much interest to note that Africa has cut an edge for herself in the field and track event; Marathon to be precise. USA and Jamaica are the powerhouse when it comes to Relay races and Sprints.

Interestingly, Africa has been well represented in the endurance-requesting sport. Below are the gold medal winners for each Olympic Games marathon for women. There is much more information about the Olympic marathon, including which has been held since the first Games in 1896.

Kenya & Ethiopia are highly recognized in a number of events both in Olympics and beyond, in and outside the continent; thanks to the enviable endurance as a skill that has always being displayed by the athletes from these two nations.

Kenya’s gold medal winner Sumgong celebrates with her country’s flag after the women’s marathon at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
Ethiopia’s gold medal winner Tiki Gelana celebrates with her country’s flag after the women’s marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in London. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Ethiopia’s gold medal winner Fatuma Roba celebrates with her country’s flag after the women’s marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympics
Year Athlete Country Time
2016

 

2012

Jemima Jelagat Sumgong

 

Tiki Gelana

KENYA

 

ETHIOPIA

02:24:04

 

2:23:07

2008 Constantina Tomescu Romania 2:26.44
2004 Mizuki Noguchi Japan 2:26:20
2000 Naoko Takahashi Japan 2:23:14
1996 Fatuma Roba ETHIOPIA 2:26.05
1992 Valentina Yegorova URS 2:32:41
1988 Rosa Mota Portugal 2:25:40
1984 Joan Benoit USA 2:24:52
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