2008 Beijing Olympic's Women's Marathon - Complete Coverage The Olympics happen just once every four years and represent some of the best sport in the world. For the marathon, the Olympics holds a special place - as the origin of the event. And while winning medals at other events is a crowning achievement, the Olympic Marathon remains the pinnacle of marathoning - there is no higher achievement than earning a medal or even competing at the Olympics - the birthplace of the marathon.
Past Races As we've done in the past, we've searched out past performances for the women who will be running in the Olympics Marathon and have compiled a list of races where these women have run against each other. We'll add the disclaimer that past performances are not necessarily an indicator of future results.
Women's Past Competitions
Up-To-Date Starters Lists Oddly, it's hard to find the starting lists for the Olympic Marathons. The starting list will remain in flux until just before the marathon start. Here is our best efforts at creating the comprehensive start list - together with their best historical performances:
2008 Women's Olympic Marathon - Announced Runners
YouTube and others have made it easy to share video on many topics - here we've found content that describes the Olympics Marathon in video...everything from a recap of the 2004 Athens Women's Olympic Marathon to press conferences following the U.S. Women's Olympic Trials and more.......
MarathonGuide.com - Preview The quick overview of the race - what you'll see. If your time is short and you can read just one thing - start here...
2008 Women's Olympic Marathon Preview
IAAF - Preview Our friends at the IAAF have provided this writeup of the women they expect to be in contention. Does it compare to MarathonGuide.com's expectations? We'll have some of the same favorites, but some differences...
2008 Women's Olympic Marathon IAAF Preview
The Favorites In Depth Here we've provided more detailed information about each of the women to watch. Who are they, where did they come from, why do we expect them to contend in Beijing? These women are the proven winners - some of the ones we'll expect to stand on the podium - anything can happen on a hot, humid, hazy marathon - but expect these women to factor in the mix - why?
The Women To Watch