WOMEN’S MARATHONING 2010 – 2017

Now for the women. As with the men, East African women populate the top ranks of the year-end distance running lists. However, in the marathon, the Kenyan women were not nearly as dominant as their men.

Ethiopian women have consistently  outdone their southern neighbors over the last eight years, notching 77 (35%) of the 220 sub-2:30 women’s performances in 2017, compared with 72 (32.7%) for Kenyan women.

But while only 14 nations produced a sub-2:10 men’s performance in 2017, 82.75% from Kenya and Ethiopia (actually a somewhat down year from more traditional 90%) 20 nations were on the sub-2:30 women’s list last year, with Japan at 16 (7.27%), and America 12 (5.45%).

The differences between men and women world-wide speak to the gaps in societal acceptance for, and/or promotion of women’s sporting opportunities.

2017

Sub 2:30s – 220
Nations – 20
Ethiopian – 77 (35%)
Kenyan –      72 (32.7%)
Japanese – 16 (7.27%)
American – 12 (5.45%)
European – 11
TOP time – 2:17:01, Mary Keitany, London

2016

Sub 2:30 – 176
Nations – 18
Ethiopian – 69 (39.2%)
Kenyan –      49 (27.8%)
Japanese –  15 (8.5%)
American –    8 (4.5%)
European – 10
Bahrain –        6
PRK –                5
TOP time – 2:19:47, Tirfi Tsegaye, Dubai

2015

Sub 2:30 – 201
Nations – 30
Ethiopian – 81 (41.3%)
Kenyan –      44 (22.4%)
Japanese –  17 (8.6%)
American –    4 (1.9%)
European – 20
Russia –           4
TOP time – 2:19:25, Gladys Cherono, Berlin

2014

Sub 2:30 – 124
Nations – 23
Ethiopian – 39 (31.4%)
Kenyan –      26 (21%)
Japanese –  11 (8.8%)
American –    4 (3.2%)
European –  14
Russia –            4
TOP time – 2:20:18, Tirfi Tsegaye, Berlin

2013

Sub 2:30 – 122
Nations – 27
Ethiopian – 44 (36%)
Kenyan –      32 (26.2%)
Japanese –  11 (9%)
American –    4 (3.2%)
European –  16
TOP time – 2:19:57, Rita Jeptoo, Chicago

2012

Sub 2:30 – 202
Nations – 28
Ethiopian – 69 (34.1%)
Kenyan –      33 (16.3%)
Japanese –  22 (10.9%)
American –    9 (4.4%)
European – 31
China –          13 (6.4%)
Russia –            5 (2.4%)
TOP time – 2:19:19, Mary Keitany, London

2011

Sub 2:30 – 187
Nations – 21
Ethiopian – 61 (32.6%)
Kenyan –      30 (16%)
Japanese –  21 (11.2%)
American –    4  (2.1%)
European –  27
China –          10 (5.3%)
Russia –           7 (3.7%)
TOP time – 2:19:19, Mary Keitany, London

2010

Sub 2:30 – 131
Nations – 19
Ethiopian – 56 (42.7%)
Kenyan –      18 (13.7%)
Japanese –  14 (19.6%)
American –    4 (3%)
European – 14
China –             8 (6.1%)
Russia –            7 (5.3%)
TOP time – 2:22:04, Atsede Baysa, Paris

I look forward to reader analysis

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7 thoughts on “WOMEN’S MARATHONING 2010 – 2017

  1. You missed a runner
    Lanni Marchant is a record-holding Canadian long distance runner. On October 20, 2013, Marchant set the Canadian women’s marathon record at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, running it in exactly 2:28:00.

    • Duff,

      I only broke down the nations with several sub 2:30s. I noted that runners from 27 nations were represented on that list in 2013, and Lanni was included in that larger number.

      Toni

  2. My, oh my – Ethiopian heroines!!! As consistently impressive as they have been, I confidently predict, the best is yet to come…

  3. Thanks for all the men’s and women’s stats, Toni. A nice way to start the new year. So, what do the stats say? Well, we can interpret them any way we choose and following a quick look …… The peaks of performance for the men and women in 2012 may reflect the height of the ‘doping skew’, or …….?? Being very skeptical, you could view the resurgence of the women in 2017 as wider use of doping for women, or not being skeptical, the result of natural development of women’s performances with opportunity and over time. It would be interesting to see the number of countries involved if, say sub-2:27 was the women’s criterium and that might be more comparable to the men’s sub-2:10.
    Note: 2:10 for Men is 1162 points on the IAAF Scoring Tables
    2:30 for Women is 1133 points on the IAAF Scoring Table
    2:27:05 for Women is 1162 points on the IAAF Scoring Tables
    Much food for further thought and reflection
    Wishing a Happy New Year, Toni, to you and Toya

    • Peter,

      When I regain my eyesight from scanning those lists, I’ll see what a sub 2:27 list looks like. Generally, it would scrub a number of countries from the list. Best to you in 2018, as well.

      Toni

    • Peter,

      Women 2017

      Sub 2:27 – 94
      Nations. – 8
      Ethiopian – 43 (45.7%)
      Kenyan – 34 (36.1%)
      Japanese – 6 (6.3%)
      American – 5 (5.3%)
      Bahrain – 3
      Mexico – 1
      Australia – 1
      Portugal – 1

      More later. Does squeeze it down a bit.

      TR

  4. Thanks, Toni. Same top time, performer, and location for both 2011 and 2012?

    Is Rita Jeptoo’s 2013 Chicago time still accepted after testing positive for PEDs?

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