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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

Men's marathon
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Marathon to Athens, Greece
Dates 29 August
Competitors 102 from 59 nations
Winning time 2:10:55
Gold medal    Italy
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Brazil
Official Video
Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men
Wheelchair races

The men's marathon at the 2004 Summer Olympics took place on August 29 in the streets of Athens, Greece. These streets were recently painted for the event, which provided an excellent road surface for the athletes. Drawing upon the ancient origins of the race, the marathon began in Marathon, Greece, and eventually ended at Panathinaiko Stadium, the venue previously used for the 1896 Athens Olympics.[1]

The 26.2 mile journey began in Marathon. The top contenders all found themselves in a large leading group that held a modest pace through the half marathon. A few tried to surge ahead but the most successful was Vanderlei De Lima's attack at 20k. Past 25k, Stefano Baldini raised the tempo taking seven others with him. Finally, the chase group had been whittled down to three: Stefano Baldini, Paul Tergat, and Mebrahtom Keflezighi. After 35k was passed, Tergat (the world record holder) cracked, leaving two runners to chase behind. Baldini then closed the gap to De Lima after the latter was attacked while dropping Keflezighi. Baldini moved into the lead and took it home for the gold medal in 2:10:55.[2] Keflezighi caught the fading De Lima as well to take the silver in 2:11:29. Finishing at 2:12:11, De Lima was able to hold off Jon Brown, beating him by 15 seconds for the bronze.[3]

As with the previous Games, the marathon also marked the end of the 2004 Summer Olympics and the medal ceremony took place during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.


  • Incident 1
  • Records 2
  • Qualification 3
  • Schedule 4
  • Results 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The event was marked by an incident in which Cornelius Horan, an Irish protester, grappled Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil while de Lima was leading the event with around 7 kilometers remaining. Greek spectator Polyvios Kossivas helped Vanderlei free from Horan's grasp and back into his running. De Lima lost about 15 to 20 seconds of time because of the interruption, and finished third in the event with a time of 2:12:11, winning the bronze medal. De Lima was awarded the rarely awarded Pierre de Coubertin Medal for sportsmanship in addition to his bronze. Despite the fact that the incident had seriously hindered his chances of winning the gold or silver medal, he did not complain and graciously acknowledged the crowd's cheers in the home straight. The protester had a sign on his back that read "The Grand Prix Priest. Israel Fulfilment of Prophecy Says The Bible. The Second Coming is Near." He later apologized for possibly costing de Lima the gold.[4]

The phrase "Grand Prix Priest" refers to Horan's previous protest, in which he ran onto the track at the Silverstone Circuit during the Formula One 2003 British Grand Prix, intentionally running directly into the path of oncoming cars.


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Paul Tergat (KEN) 2:04:55 Berlin, Germany 28 September 2003
Olympic record  Carlos Lopes (POR) 2:09:21 Los Angeles, United States 12 August 1984

No new records were set during the competition.


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the men's marathon, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 2:15:00 or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 2:18:00 or faster could be entered.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)
Date Time Round
Sunday, 29 August 2004 18:00 Final


Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
Stefano Baldini Italy 2:10:55
Mebrahtom Keflezighi United States 2:11:29 SB
Vanderlei de Lima Brazil 2:12:11
4 Jon Brown Great Britain 2:12:26 SB
5 Shigeru Aburaya Japan 2:13:11
6 Toshinari Suwa Japan 2:13:24
7 Erick Wainaina Kenya 2:13:30
8 Alberto Chaíça Portugal 2:14:17
9 Alberico di Cecco Italy 2:14:34
10 Paul Tergat Kenya 2:14:45
11 Jaouad Gharib Morocco 2:15:12
12 Alan Culpepper United States 2:15:26
13 Leonid Shvetsov Russia 2:15:28
14 Lee Bong-ju South Korea 2:15:33
15 Ambesse Tolosa Ethiopia 2:15:39
16 Gert Thys South Africa 2:16:08
17 Ji Young-joon South Korea 2:16:14
18 Antoni Peña Spain 2:16:38
19 Grigoriy Andreyev Russia 2:16:55
20 Haile Satayin Israel 2:17:25
21 Jonathan Wyatt New Zealand 2:17:45
22 Janne Holmen Finland 2:17:50
23 Dan Robinson Great Britain 2:17:53
24 Nikolaos Polias Greece 2:17:56
25 Ndabili Bashingili Botswana 2:18:09
26 Pavel Loskutov Estonia 2:18:09
27 José Rios Spain 2:18:40
28 Lee Troop Australia 2:18:46
29 Michael Buchleitner Austria 2:19:19
30 Anuradha Cooray Sri Lanka 2:19:24
31 Li Zhuhong China 2:19:26
32 Joachim Nshimirimana Burundi 2:19:31
33 Dale Warrender New Zealand 2:19:42
34 Waldemar Glinka Poland 2:19:43
35 Jong Myong-chol North Korea 2:19:47
36 El-Hassan Lahssini France 2:19:50
37 Michał Bartoszak Poland 2:20:20
38 Ahmed Jumaa Jaber Qatar 2:20:27
39 Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi Libya 2:20:31
40 Samson Ramadhani Tanzania 2:20:38
41 Lee Myong-seung South Korea 2:21:01
42 Tomoaki Kunichika Japan 2:21:13
43 José Alirio Carrasco Colombia 2:21:14
44 Ernest Ndjissipou Central African Republic 2:21:23
45 Nicholas Harrison Australia 2:21:42
46 Tereje Wodajo Ethiopia 2:21:53
47 Aguelmis Rojas Cuba 2:21:59
48 Abel Chimukoko Zimbabwe 2:22:09
49 Saïd Belhout Algeria 2:22:32
50 Matthew O'Dowd Great Britain 2:22:37
51 Juan Carlos Cardona Colombia 2:22:49
52 Daniele Caimmi Italy 2:23:07
53 João N'Tyamba Angola 2:23:26
54 Roman Kejžar Slovenia 2:23:34
55 Procopio Franco Mexico 2:23:34
56 Wu Wen-chien Chinese Taipei 2:23:54
57 Antoni Bernado Andorra 2:23:55
58 Julio Rey Spain 2:24:54
59 Asaf Bimro Israel 2:25:20
60 Sisay Bezabeh Australia 2:25:26
61 Silvio Guerra Ecuador 2:25:29
62 Mathias Ntawulikura Rwanda 2:26:05
63 Róbert Štefko Czech Republic 2:27:12
64 José Amado García Guatemala 2:27:13
65 Dan Browne United States 2:27:17
66 Han Gang China 2:27:31
67 Eduardo Buenavista Philippines 2:28:18
68 Driss El Himer France 2:29:07
69 Andrés Espinosa Mexico 2:29:43
70 Mpesela Ntlot Soeu Lesotho 2:30:19
71 Franklin Tenorio Ecuador 2:31:12
72 José Ernani Palalia Mexico 2:31:41
73 Dmitriy Burmakin Russia 2:31:51
74 Mindaugas Pukštas Lithuania 2:33:02
75 Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od Mongolia 2:33:24
76 Zhu Ronghua China 2:34:02
77 Alfredo Arevalo Guatemala 2:34:02
78 António Zeferino Cape Verde 2:36:22
79 Valery Pisarev Kyrgyzstan 2:40:10
80 Zepherinus Joseph Saint Lucia 2:44:19
81 Marcel Matanin Slovakia 2:50:26
82 Hendrick Ramaala South Africa DNF
83 Zebedayo Bayo Tanzania DNF
84 Hailu Negussie Ethiopia DNF
85 Viktor Röthlin Switzerland DNF
86 Al Mustafa Riyadh Bahrain DNF
87 Rômulo Wagner Brazil DNF
88 Ian Syster South Africa DNF
89 Zsolt Bácskai Hungary DNF
90 Azat Rakipov Belarus DNF
91 Dmytro Baranovskyy Ukraine DNF
92 Rachid Ghanmouni Morocco DNF
93 Rachid Ziar Algeria DNF
94 Mustapha Bennacer Algeria DNF
95 André Luiz Ramos Brazil DNF
96 Luis Fonseca Venezuela DNF
97 Khalid El Boumlili Morocco DNF
98 John Nada Saya Tanzania DNF
99 Gil da Cruz Trindade Timor-Leste DNF
100 Jussi Utriainen Finland DNF
101 Jean-Paul Gahimbaré Burundi DNF
102 Luc Krotwaar Netherlands DNS


  1. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's Marathon Final".  
  2. ^ Clarey, Christopher (29 August 2004). "Summer 2004 Games: Marathon, A Spectator Disrupts The Marathon With a Shove".  
  3. ^ Patrick, Dick (30 August 2004). "Italy's Baldini wins men's marathon".  
  4. ^ "Protester ruins marathon".  

External links

  • IAAF Athens 2004 Olympic Coverage
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