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MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXVI) – Atlanta 1996: FATUMA ROBA (1973-)

“This is not only a special thing for me but also for my country and all African women” Fatuma Roba Atlanta was selected over Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne, and Toronto… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXV) – Barcelona 1992: HWANG YOUNG-CHO (1970-)

Hwang Young-Cho crossing the finish line (Photo by Chris Cole/Allsport) After several attempts, Barcelona finally hosted the Summer Olympics of 1992. In men athletics, Fermin Cacho won the 1500 metres… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXIV) – Barcelona 1992: VALENTINA YEGOROVA (1964-)

Informative panel Olympic women marathon final Barcelona 1992 In 1986 Barcelona finally won the bid for the Summer Olympics of 1992, after having tried unsuccessfully to host them in 1924,… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXIII) – Seoul 1988: GELINDO BORDIN (1959-)

Gelindo Bordin Seoul 1988 “The marathon is everywhere. It has a spiritual component that nobody sees but it is crucial. It teaches you to wait and then also to strike,… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXII) – Seoul 1988: ROSA MOTA (1958-)

Rosa Mota in Seoul 1988 “It was the Greek gods who chose me to be a marathon runner”              Rosa Mota Seoul was chosen as… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XXI) – Los Angeles 1984: CARLOS LOPES (1947-)

“More than being first, hero is who knows to give everything, and inside him, go further” Carlos Lopes Los Angeles was chosen as host for the Olympics for a second… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XX) – Los Angeles 1984: JOAN BENOIT (1957-)

“There’s not a better feeling than when you have found that moment of balance and harmony when both running and life come together. Then you know why you run and… Read more »

MARATHON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (XIX) – Moscow 1980: WALDEMAR CIERPINSKI (1950-)

Cierpinski finishing the marathon Cierpinski in the podium with Nijboer in the background The Olympics in Moscow 1980 were marked by the boycott of 66 countries to protest the Soviet-Afghan… Read more »