1996 IAAF World Road Relay Championships
Dates13–14 April 1996
Host cityCopenhagen, Denmark
LevelSenior
TypeMarathon relay
Events2
Participation282 athletes from
34 nations

The 1996 IAAF World Road Relay Championships was the third edition of the global, international marathon relay competition, organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).[1] The event took place on 13–14 April on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark with the participation of 282 athletes (174 men and 108 women) from 34 nations. The women's race took place on Saturday 13 April and the men's race took place on Sunday 14 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, Genet Gebregiorgis and Berhane Adere established a 38-second lead for Ethiopia over the first two legs. The nation dominated the competition to win in a championship record of 2:16:04, having the fastest runner in every stage, bar an interruption of Italy's Silvia Sommaggio on the third leg. The Romanian and Japanese teams traded places for the runner-up spot, but a decisive final leg by Elena Fidatov brought the Romanians the silver medals by a margin of 17 seconds.

In the men's race, it was the Kenyan team that dominated, with Simon Rono and Joseph Kimani establishing a lead of 41 seconds over the first two stages and David Kipruto grabbing the fastest time in the fifth stage. The Brazilians closed the gap slightly in the mid-race thanks to Delmir dos Santos, but ultimately ended up runners-up with a time of 2:01:24 hours behind Kenya's 2:00:40. Ethiopia and the hosts Denmark battled for the bronze position throughout the race but a strong final leg by Ethiopia's Worku Bikila resulted in a time of 2:01:50 hours, putting clear distance between the two teams.

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's race  Kenya
Simon Rono (5 km – 13:45)
Joseph Kimani (10 km – 28:33)
Mark Yatich (5 km – 14:33)
Stephen Kirwa (10 km – 29:00)
David Kipruto (5 km – 14:09)
William Kiptum (7.195 km – 20:40)
2:00:40  Brazil
Wander Moura (5 km – 13:49)
Vanderlei de Lima (10 km – 29:10)
Edgar de Oliveira (5 km – 14:26)
Delmir dos Santos (10 km – 28:31)
Tomix da Costa (5 km – 14:26)
Ronaldo da Costa (7.195 km – 21:02)
2:01:24  Ethiopia
Lemi Erpassa (5 km – 13:58)
Kidane Gebremichael (10 km – 29:20)
Sisay Bezabeh (5 km – 14:23)
Abraham Assefa (10 km – 29:13)
Tegenu Abebe (5 km – 14:42)
Worku Bikila (7.195 km – 20:14)
2:01:50
Women's race  Ethiopia
Genet Gebregiorgis (5 km – 15:53)
Berhane Adere (10 km – 32:21)
Ayelech Worku (5 km – 16:15)
Gete Wami (10 km – 32:25)
Getenesh Urge (5 km – 16:00)
Luchia Yishak (7.195 km – 23:10)
2:16:04  Romania
Iulia Ionescu (5 km – 15:59)
Mariana Chirila (10 km – 33:21)
Lelia Deselnicu (5 km – 16:16)
Iulia Negură (10 km – 32:53)
Luminita Gogîrlea (5 km – 16:33)
Elena Fidatov (7.195 km – 23:39)
2:18:41  Japan
Yukiko Okamoto (5 km – 15:56)
Naomi Sakashita (10 km – 32:56)
Ai Fukuchi (5 km – 16:11)
Ikuyo Goto (10 km – 33:38)
Noriko Ura (5 km – 16:08)
Eri Yamaguchi (7.195 km – 24:09)
2:18:58

Stage winners

Stage Distance Men Time Women Time
1 5 km  Simon Rono (KEN) 13:45  Genet Gebregiorgis (ETH) 15:53
2 10 km  Joseph Kimani (KEN) 28:33  Berhane Adere (ETH) 32:21
3 5 km  Peter Mavura (ZIM) 14:13  Silvia Sommaggio (ITA) 16:00
4 10 km  Delmir dos Santos (BRA) 28:31  Gete Wami (ETH) 32:25
5 5 km  David Kipruto (KEN) 14:09  Getenesh Urge (ETH) 16:00
6 7.195 km  Worku Bikila (ETH) 20:14  Luchia Yishak (ETH) 23:10

Results

Men's race

Rank Team Time
1  Kenya
Simon Rono
Joseph Kimani
Mark Yatich
Stephen Kirwa
David Kipruto
William Kiptum
2:00:40
2  Brazil
Wander Moura
Vanderlei de Lima
Edgar de Oliveira
Delmir dos Santos
Tomix da Costa
Ronaldo da Costa
2:01:24
3  Ethiopia
Lemi Erpassa
Kidane Gebremichael
Sisay Bezabeh
Abraham Assefa
Tegenu Abebe
Worku Bikila
2:01:50
4  Denmark
Dennis Jensen
Jan Ikov
Rene Carlsen
Klaus Peter Hansen
Kare Sørensen
Carsten Jørgensen
2:02:38
5  Russia
Aleksandr Vasilyev
Sergey Fedotov
Aleksandr Bolkhovitin
Gennadiy Panin
Vladimir Gusukin
Yuriy Punda
2:03:37
6  Mexico
David Galindo
Victor Rodríguez
Jesús Primo
Benjamín Paredes
Ruben García
Martín Rodríguez
2:03:48
7  Japan
Takayuki Ishimoto
Tomoaki Kunichika
Takayuki Inubushi
Takeo Nakahara
Kazutaka Enoki
Hisayuki Okawa
2:03:52
8  United Kingdom
Neil Caddy
Jon Solly
Ian Gillespie
Chris Sweeney
Christian Stephenson
Robert Quinn
2:03:55

Women's race

Rank Team Time
1  Ethiopia
Genet Gebregiorgis
Berhane Adere
Ayelech Worku
Gete Wami
Getenesh Urge
Luchia Yishak
2:16:04
2  Romania
Iulia Ionescu
Mariana Chirila
Lelia Deselnicu
Iulia Negură
Luminita Gogîrlea
Elena Fidatov
2:18:41
3  Japan
Yukiko Okamoto
Naomi Sakashita
Ai Fukuchi
Ikuyo Goto
Noriko Ura
Eri Yamaguchi
2:18:58
4  Italy
Patrizia Di Napoli
Simona Viola
Silvia Sommaggio
Maura Viceconte
Sara Ferrari
Roberta Brunet
2:20:02
5  Norway
Hilde Stavik
Gunhild Halle
Maiken Sørum
Grete Kirkeberg
Stine Larsen
Anita Håkenstad
2:20:56
6  Russia
Nina Belikova
Nadezhda Tatarenkova
Nadezhda Izadyorova
Natalya Solominskaya
Nadezhda Galyamova
Lyudmila Petrova
2:21:30
7  United Kingdom
Rhona Makepeace
Suzanne Rigg
Amanda Wright
Angie Hulley
Sarah Bentley
Vikki McPherson
2:21:41
8  France
Marie-Pierre Duros
Rosario Murcia
Véronique Bertel
Isabelle Guillot
Florence Fournery
Maria Rebelo
2:22:53

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 2019-08-22.