1984 Summer Olympics / Athletics - Marathon (Men)

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Olympic rings
Olympic Torch Tower of the Los Angeles Coliseum.jpg
sport athletics
discipline Marathon run
gender Men
Attendees 107 athletes from 60 countries
Competition location Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Competition phase August 12, 1984
gold medal Carlos Lopes ( POR ) PortugalPortugal 
Silver medal John Treacy ( IRL ) IrelandIreland 
Bronze medal Charlie Spedding ( GBR ) United KingdomUnited Kingdom 

The men's marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles was held on August 12, 1984. 107 athletes took part, 78 of whom made it to the finish line.

The Olympic champion was the Portuguese Carlos Lopes . He won ahead of Irishman John Treacy and British Charlie Spedding .

The Federal Republic of Germany was represented by Ralf Salzmann , who reached the finish in 18th place.
The Swiss Bruno Lafranchi finished 50th, the Austrian Gerhard Hartmann gave up the race.
Runners from Liechtenstein did not take part. Athletes from the GDR were also not there because of the Olympic boycott.

Current title holders

Olympic champion 1980 Waldemar Cierpinski ( GDR ) Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR  2:11:03 h Moscow 1980
World Champion 1983 Robert de Castella ( Australia ) AustraliaAustralia  2:10:03 h Helsinki 1983
European Champion 1982 Gerard Nijboer ( Netherlands ) NetherlandsNetherlands  2:15:16 h Athens 1982
Pan American Champion 1983 Jorge González ( Puerto Rico ) Puerto RicoPuerto Rico  2:12:43 h Caracas 1983
Central America and Caribbean Champion 1983 Víctor Mora ( Colombia ) ColombiaColombia  2:58:51 h Havana 1983
South America Champion 1983 Juan Plagman ( Chile ) ChileChile  2:15:50 h Santa Fe 1983
African champions 1982 Juma Ikangaa ( Tanzania ) TanzaniaTanzania  2:21:05 h Cairo 1982

Existing records

World record 2:08:18 h Robert de Castella ( Australia ) AustraliaAustralia  Fukuoka , Japan December 6, 1981
Olympic record 2:09:55 h Waldemar Cierpinski ( GDR ) Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR  Montreal Marathon , Canada July 31, 1976

Note: World records were not set in the marathon because of the different track conditions.


The race started in Santa Monica at Santa Monica College . On the Pacific Coast Highway and Lincoln Boulevard it went to the northwest, before the route crossed Olympic Boulevard after passing Interstate 10 in the northeast . The route now led in a wide left curve to the Pacific coast, which was reached in Pacific Palisades . On Ocean Avenue we continued southeast along the coast to Venice Beach . The port of Marina del Rey was circled, then the course turned east and passed Interstate 405 . On Jefferson Boulevard it went north past Culver City to Baldwin Hills . The route now led east over Rodeo Road and Exposition Boulevard to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum . In the stadium there was still one lap to go to the finish.

Race course

Date: August 12, 1984

The favorites were the Australian world champion Robert de Castella , who set a new world record at the Fukuoka Marathon in 1981. The US-American Alberto Salazar won the New York City Marathon three times in a row in 1980, 1981 and 1982 , and in 1983 he became the first world champion . The Japanese Takeshi Sō would have been one of the favorites in Moscow in 1980 , but the Olympic boycott, on which u. a. Japan was also involved, preventing his participation. In Los Angeles he went to the start together with his twin brother Shigeru Sō .

Three marathon runners - Charmarke Abdillahi, Djama Robleh and Ahmed Salah - were the first athletes from Djibouti to take part in the Olympic Games.

At first the field of runners stayed together. After ten kilometers, smaller groups of outliers had formed. It was led by the Turk Mehmet Yurdadön in front of Ralf Salzmann, FR Germany, and Juan Carlos Traspaderne from Spain. A smaller group followed shortly afterwards. a. with the Kenyan Kimurgor Ngeny, the Greek Michail Koussis, the British Geoff Smith and the Norwegian Stig Roar Husby. In the end, however, these runners no longer played a role, they took back places or gave up the race. The next five kilometers were covered very quickly and the first outliers were set again. A larger group of leaders formed, led by Ahmed Salah from Djibouti and Gidamis Shahanga from Tanzania. The next five kilometers had a somewhat more moderate pace again, similar to the initial phase. Nevertheless, more and more runners fell behind from the previously large leading group. At the very front was the Japanese Takeshi Sō, who was about five seconds ahead of a group of strong competitors. Later on, the Japanese joined this larger group that led the field. After thirty kilometers, a group of eight broke up with a significant increase in pace. Among them were the Japanese Takeshi Sō, the Portuguese Carlos Lopes , the British Charlie Spedding , the Irish John Treacy and the Australian de Castella. After the group had run a few kilometers together and the pace had slowed down again, Lopes pushed again at 37 km. Only Treacy and Spedding could keep up at first. In the period that followed, Lopes also separated more and more from his last pursuers. He came into the stadium with a lead of over 35 seconds and was able to complete the final section with a wave. Treacy and Spedding fought a battle for the silver medal on the stadium lap, which the Irishman won with a two-second lead. Of the favorites, Takeshi Sō reached the goal in fourth, another minute behind Spedding. De Castella was fifth, 14 seconds behind Takeshi Sō. Salazar crossed the finish line in fifteenth, Shigeru Sō in seventeenth. Carlos Lopes improved Waldemar Cierpinski's Olympic record by 34 seconds.

With his victory, Carlos Lopes became Portugal's first Olympic champion. John Treacy won the first Irish medal in the marathon .

Split times
Meanwhile Leading 5 km time
5 km 15:35 min big group 15:35 min
10 km 31:09 min Mehmet Yurdadön, Ralf Salzmann 15:34 min
15 km 46:00 min Ahmed Salah, Gidamis Shahanga 14:51 min
20 km 1:01:20 h Takeshi So 15:20 min
25 km 1:17:12 h larger top group 15:52 min
30 km 1:33:02 h larger top group 15:50 min
35 km 1:48:23 h eight-person top group 15:21 min
40 km 2:06:20 h Carlos Lopes 15:58 min

Note: the lopes intermediate time over 40 km cannot be correct unless he had run the last 2195 meters in 3.01 (= 43.657 km per hour).


The Australian Robert de Castella finished fifth
The Dane Henrik Jørgensen at the half marathon in Egmond in 1986; in LA he finished nineteenth
Cornelis Vriend from the Netherlands took 39th place
Rodolfo Gómez, Mexico, gave up the race
The Dutchman Cornelis Lambregts could not finish the race
space athlete country Time (h) annotation
01 Carlos Lopes PortugalPortugal Portugal 2:09:21 OR
02 John Treacy IrelandIreland Ireland 2:09:56
03 Charlie Spedding United KingdomUnited Kingdom Great Britain 2:09:58
04th Takeshi So JapanJapan Japan 2:10:55
05 Robert de Castella AustraliaAustralia Australia 2:11:09
06th Juma Ikangaa TanzaniaTanzania Tanzania 2:11:10
07th Joseph Nzau KenyaKenya Kenya 2:11:28
08th Djama Robleh DjiboutiDjibouti Djibouti 2:11:39
09 Jerry Kiernan IrelandIreland Ireland 2:12:20
10 Rod Dixon New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand 2:12:57
11 Peter Pfitzinger United StatesUnited States United States 2:13:53
12 Hugh Jones United KingdomUnited Kingdom Great Britain 2:13:57
13 Jorge González Puerto RicoPuerto Rico Puerto Rico 2:14:00
14th Toshihiko Seko JapanJapan Japan 2:14:13
15th Alberto Salazar United StatesUnited States United States 2:14:19
16 Mehmet Terzi TurkeyTurkey Turkey 2:14:20
17th Shigeru So JapanJapan Japan 2:14:38
18th Ralf Salzmann Germany BRBR Germany BR Germany 2:15:29
19th Henrik Jørgensen DenmarkDenmark Denmark 2:15:55
20th Ahmed Salah DjiboutiDjibouti Djibouti 2:15:59
21st Agapius Masong TanzaniaTanzania Tanzania 2:16:25
22nd Gidamis Shahanga TanzaniaTanzania Tanzania 2:16:27
23 Eloi Schleder Brazil 1968Brazil Brazil 2:16:35
24 Karel Lismont BelgiumBelgium Belgium 2:17:07
25th Allan Zachariasen DenmarkDenmark Denmark 2:17:10
26th Mikhail Koussis GreeceGreece Greece 2:17:38
27 Pertti Tiainen FinlandFinland Finland 2:17:43
28 Alain Lazare FranceFrance France 2:17:52
29 Vincent Ruguga UgandaUganda Uganda 2:17:54
30th Armand Parmentier BelgiumBelgium Belgium 2:18:10
31 César Mercado Puerto RicoPuerto Rico Puerto Rico 2:19:09
32 Charm brand Abdilahi DjiboutiDjibouti Djibouti 2:19:11
33 Øyvind Dahl NorwayNorway Norway 2; 19:28
34 Derek Froude New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand 2:19:44
35 Giovanni D'Aleo ItalyItaly Italy 2:20:12
36 Jesús Herrera MexicoMexico Mexico 2:20:33
37 Lee Hong-yul Korea SouthSouth Korea South Korea 2:20:56
38 Juan Camacho BoliviaBolivia Bolivia 2:21:04
39 Cor Vriend NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 2:21:08
40 France Ntaole Lesotho 1966Lesotho Lesotho 2:21:09
41 Johan Geirnaert BelgiumBelgium Belgium 2:21:35
42 Jacky Boxberger FranceFrance France 2:22:00
43 Marco Marchei ItalyItaly Italy 2:22:38
44 Art boileau CanadaCanada Canada 2:22:43
45 Samuel Hlawe SwazilandSwaziland Swaziland 2:22:45
46 Baikuntha Manandhar NepalNepal Nepal 2:22:52
47 Ahmed Mohamed Ismail SomaliaSomalia Somalia 2:23:27
48 Chae Hong-nak Korea SouthSouth Korea South Korea 2:23:33
49 Joseph Maisiba Otieno KenyaKenya Kenya 2:24:14
50 Bruno Lafranchi SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 2:24:38
51 Richard Hooper IrelandIreland Ireland 2:24:41
52 Derrick Adamson JamaicaJamaica Jamaica 2:25:02
53 Claudio Cabán Puerto RicoPuerto Rico Puerto Rico 2:27:16
54 Marc Agosta LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg 2:27:41
55 Wilson Theleso BotswanaBotswana Botswana 2:29:20
56 Chang-Ming Chen Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2:29:53
57 Alejandro Silva ChileChile Chile 2:29:53
58 Kim Won-sick Korea SouthSouth Korea South Korea 2:30:57
59 Rubén Aguiar ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 2:31:18
60 Sabag Shemtov IsraelIsrael Israel 2:31:34
61 Vincent Rakabaele Lesotho 1966Lesotho Lesotho 2:32:15
62 Marios Kassianidis Cyprus 1960Cyprus Cyprus 2:32:51
63 Arjun Pandit NepalNepal Nepal 2:32:53
64 Ismael Mahmoud JordanJordan Jordan 2:33:30
65 Alain Bordeleau CanadaCanada Canada 2:34:27
66 Tau John Tokwepota Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 2:36:36
67 Patric Nyambariro-Nhauro ZimbabweZimbabwe Zimbabwe 2:37:18
68 Kimurgor Ngeny KenyaKenya Kenya 2:37:19
69 Amira Prasad Yadav NepalNepal Nepal 2:38:10
70 Adolphe Ambowodé Central African RepublicCentral African Republic Central African Republic 2:41:26
71 Carlos Avila HondurasHonduras Honduras 2:42:03
72 Jules Randrianarivelo MadagascarMadagascar Madagascar 2:43:05
73 Ahmed Abdul Lahij SomaliaSomalia Somalia 2:44:39
74 George Mambosasa MalawiMalawi Malawi 2:46:14
75 Marlon Williams American Virgin IslandsAmerican Virgin Islands American Virgin Islands 2:46:50
76 Johnaon Mbangiwa BotswanaBotswana Botswana 2:48:12
77 Leonardo Illut Philippines 1981Philippines Philippines 2:49:39
78 Dieudonné LaMothe Haiti 1964Haiti Haiti 2:52:18
DNF Wilson Achia UgandaUganda Uganda
Omar Aguilar ChileChile Chile
Awadh Shaban Al-Sameer Oman 1970Oman Oman
Ahmet Altun TurkeyTurkey Turkey
Cidálio Caetano PortugalPortugal Portugal
Miguel Angel Cruz MexicoMexico Mexico
David Edge CanadaCanada Canada
Filippos Filippou Cyprus 1960Cyprus Cyprus
Rodolfo Gomez MexicoMexico Mexico
Gerhard Hartmann AustriaAustria Austria
Stig Roar Husby NorwayNorway Norway
Matthews Cambals MalawiMalawi Malawi
Cornelis Lambregts NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
Ronald Lanzoni Costa RicaCosta Rica Costa Rica
Tommy Lazarus ZimbabweZimbabwe Zimbabwe
Bigboy Matlapeng BotswanaBotswana Botswana
Delfim Moreira PortugalPortugal Portugal
Gerard Nijboer NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
Santiago de la Parte SpainSpain Spain
Tommy Persson SwedenSweden Sweden
Rumbanza Situ ZaireZaire Zaire
Geoff Smith United KingdomUnited Kingdom Great Britain
Kjell-Erik Ståhl SwedenSweden Sweden
Domingo Tibaduiza ColombiaColombia Colombia
Juan Carlos Traspaderne SpainSpain Spain
John Tuttle United StatesUnited States United States
Nimley Twegbe LiberiaLiberia Liberia
Mehmet Yurdadön TurkeyTurkey Turkey


Web links and sources


Individual evidence

  1. IAAF Statistics Handbook, Beijing 2015, page 687 , accessed on January 7, 2018
  2. Los Angeles 1984 Official Report, 3, Results of the Games , pp. 279f, English / French (PDF, 11 MB), accessed on January 7, 2018
  3. Los Angeles 1984 Official Report, 3, Results of the Games , pp. 279f, English / French (PDF, 11 MB), accessed on January 7, 2018
  4. Route map in the Official Report, page 98 , accessed on January 7, 2018