1992 IAAF World Road Relay Championships
Dates9–10 May 1992
Host cityFunchal, Portugal
LevelSenior
TypeMarathon relay
Events2
Participation138 athletes from
16 nations

The 1992 IAAF World Road Relay Championships was the first edition of the global, international marathon relay competition, organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).[1] It marked the formal establishment of an ekiden as a world championship event, following on from the non-championship 1986 IAAF World Challenge Road Relay. The event took place on 9–10 May in Funchal, Portugal with the participation of 138 athletes (90 men and 48 women) from 16 nations. The women's race took place on Saturday 9 May and the men's race took place on Sunday 10 April.[2]

Each national team consisted of six athletes, who alternately covered six stages to complete the 42.195 km marathon distance. The first, third and fifth stages were of 5 km, the second and fourth stages were of 10 km, and the final stage covered the remaining 7.195 km.[3]

In the women's race, Lisa York put the British ahead by twelve seconds in the first leg, but Marian Sutton was unable to finish the second leg, forcing Britain out of the rankings. Denmark's Dorthe Rasmussen made up a minute over the field in the second leg, bringing her nation into contention alongside Portugal. Stage wins by Felicidade Sena and Conceição Ferreira created a significant lead for Portugal and Fernanda Ribeiro won the last stage to bring her country home in 2:20:14 hours. Denmark were next to finish, almost four and a half minutes later, following by Spain with 2:25:06. The Romanian team were fast finishers in fourth shortly after, having been unable to make up for a disastrous two-minute deficit from the first leg.

In the men's race, the Kenyan team enjoyed a clear victory, starting with the two fastest initial legs through Eliud Barngetuny and William Koech. Britain's John Mayock gained nine seconds on the Kenyans in the third leg, but subsequent stage wins by William Sigei, Richard Tum and William Mutwol secured victory for Kenya with over a minute and a half to spare. Portugal pulled well clear of the British in the second leg of Dionísio Castro and eventually took second place with a minute's advantage over Britain.

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's race  Kenya
Eliud Barngetuny
William Koech
Ezequiel Bitok
William Sigei
Richard Tum
William Mutwol
2:00:02  Portugal
Carlos Patrício
Dionísio Castro
Alberto Maravilha
Juvenal Ribeiro
Carlos Monteiro
Domingos Castro
2:01:34  United Kingdom
Carl Udall
Dave Clarke
John Mayock
Colin Walker
John Sherban
David Lewis
2:02:34
Women's race  Portugal
Fernanda Marques
Aurora Cunha
Felicidade Sena
Conceição Ferreira
Fatima Neves
Fernanda Ribeiro
2:20:14  Denmark
Berit Worm
Dorthe Rasmussen
Anita Palshøj
Aino Slej
Nina Christiansen
Bettina Andersen
2:24:42  Spain
Begoña Herraez
Cristina Nogue
Carmen Brunet
Rocío Ríos
Ana Isabel Alonso
Rosa Perez
2:25:06

Stage winners

Stage Distance Men Time Women Time
1 5 km  Eliud Barngetuny (KEN) 13:54  Lisa York (GBR) 16:03
2 10 km  William Koech (KEN) 28:13  Dorthe Rasmussen (DEN) 33:08
3 5 km  John Mayock (GBR) 13:59  Felicidade Sena (POR) 16:28
4 10 km  William Sigei (KEN) 29:21  Conceição Ferreira (POR) 33:00
5 5 km  Richard Tum (KEN) 14:16  Laura Adam (GBR) 16:31
6 7.195 km  William Mutwol (KEN) 20:10  Fernanda Ribeiro (POR) 23:22

Results

Men's race

Rank Team Time
1  Kenya
Eliud Barngetuny (13:54)
William Koech (28:13)
Ezequiel Bitok (14:08)
William Sigei (29:21)
Richard Tum (14:16)
William Mutwol (20:10)
2:00:02
2  Portugal
Carlos Patrício (13:58)
Dionísio Castro (28:51)
Alberto Maravilha (14:09)
Juvenal Ribeiro (29:47)
Carlos Monteiro (14:21)
Domingos Castro (20:28)
2:01:34
3  United Kingdom
Carl Udall (14:11)
Dave Clarke (29:30)
John Mayock (13:59)
Colin Walker (29:30)
John Sherban (14:25)
David Lewis (20:59)
2:02:34
4  Ethiopia
Debebe Demisse (13:57)
Tekeye Gebrselassie (29:45)
Jillo Dube (14:08)
Habte Negash (29:57)
Feyisa Melese (14:40)
Badilu Kibret (20:42)
2:03:09
5  Spain
José Manuel Albentosa (14:18)
Jesús González (29:18)
Francisco Guerra (14:25)
Juan Antonio Crespo (29:59)
José Manuel García (14:27)
Juan Carlos Paul (20:50)
2:03:17
6  United States
Jon Sinclair (14:09)
Paul Aufdemberge (29:53)
Brad Barquist (14:34)
Steve Kartalia (29:41)
Jeff Smith (14:31)
William Mangan (21:11)
2:03:59
7  Czechoslovakia
Michal Kucera (14:09)
Róbert Štefko (29:33)
Luboš Šubrt (14:24)
Jan Pesava (30:16)
Stanislav Syriste (14:36)
Marian Hunčík (21:33)
2:04:31
8  Japan
Yuichiro Fukushima (14:19)
Naoki Yamagashira (29:26)
Shinya Tadakuma (14:26)
Satoru Shimizu (30:34)
Tsuyoshi Fukai (14:45)
Takayuki Ishimoto (21:11)
2:04:41

Women's race

Rank Team Time
1  Portugal
Fernanda Marques (16:15)
Aurora Cunha (34:09)
Felicidade Sena (16:28)
Conceição Ferreira (33:00)
Fatima Neves (17:00)
Fernanda Ribeiro (23:22)
2:20:14
2  Denmark
Berit Worm (17:19)
Dorthe Rasmussen (33:08)
Anita Palshøj (17:20)
Aino Slej (35:39)
Nina Christiansen (16:52)
Bettina Andersen (24:24)
2:24:42
3  Spain
Begoña Herraez (16:35)
Cristina Nogue (34:56)
Carmen Brunet (16:54)
Rocío Ríos (35:19)
Ana Isabel Alonso (16:38)
Rosa Perez (24:44)
2:25:06
4  Romania
Margareta Florea (19:26)
Anuța Cătună (34:03)
Iulia Ionescu (16:51)
Georgeta State (34:35)
Elena Fidatov (16:49)
Iulia Negură (23:42)
2:25:26
5  United States
Lisa Stone (16:48)
Joy Smith (34:35)
Lori Hewig (17:07)
Charlotte Thomas (35:51)
Melissa Johnson (17:00)
Carmen Ayala-Troncoso (24:20)
2:25:41
6
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 Unified Team
Yelena Kopytova (16:57)
Yelena Arkhipova (35:50)
Svetlana Vasilieva (17:21)
Natalya Galushko (35:04)
Anastasiya Dantchinova (17:22)
Larisa Yemelyanenko (24:42)
2:27:16
7  Brazil
Ana Claudia de Souza (16:49)
Silvana Pereira (35:51)
Solange Cordeiro de Souza (17:36)
Rizoneide Vanderlei (35:31)
Cleusa Maria Irineu (17:31)
Rita de Cassia Santos de Jesús (24:35)
2:27:53
8  United Kingdom
Lisa York (16:03)
Marian Sutton (DNF)
Karen Hutcheson (16:42)
Annette Bell (35:13)
Laura Adam (16:31)
Heather Heasman (24:06)
DNF

References

  1. ^ IAAF World Road Relay Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  2. ^ Past Championships. IAAF. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  3. ^ IAAF World Road Relay Championships. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved 2020-06-13.