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Marathon, Men

Date24 August 2008 — 7:30
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants95 from 56 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.
Olympic Record 2-09:21 / Carlos Lopes POR / 12 August 1984

The world’s best marathoner was considered Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie who had first made his mark on the track with 10K gold medals in 1996 and 2000 and World Championships at 10K in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999. He began running the marathon seriously in 2005, and in September 2007 had broken the world record with 2-04:26 in Berlin. But he opted out of the marathon in Beijing, concerned about air quality and its possible deleterious effects on his health. This left the race wide open. The day of the race saw temperatures of 24° C. (77° F.) and high humidity, negating chances for a fast time. Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru knew the heat would make fast times difficult but had trained in the heat in Japan and was determined to set a very fast pace. He went to the lead immediately, passing 5K in 14:52, and many of the lead runners would not go with him, thinking the pace was too fast for the conditions. Wanjiru eased slightly after the opening 5K but ran in the lead throughout. At the halfway mark, he had cut the lead pack to only five runners – Yonas Kifle (ERI), Deriba Merga (ETH), Martin Lel (KEN), and Moroccan Jaouad Gharib. After 30K, only Gharib could stay with Wanjiru. But at 35K, they shared a water bottle, and Wanjiru then put the hammer down to drop Gharib, eventually winning by 44 seconds in 2-06:32, considered stunning in the heat. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede closed fast to get the silver medal but was almost three minutes back of Gharib. In September, Gebrselassie again broke the marathon world record at the Berlin race, running 2-03:59.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
12263Sammy WanjiruKEN2-06:32GoldOB
22391Jaouad GharibMAR2-07:16Silver
31651Tsegaye KebedeETH2-10:00Bronze
41650Deriba MergaETH2-10:21
52261Martin LelKEN2-10:24
62926Viktor RöthlinSUI2-10:35
71652Gashaw AsfawETH2-10:52
81575Yared AsmeromERI2-11:11
93224Dathan RitzenheinUSA2-11:59
103174Ryan HallUSA2-12:33
113318Mike FokoroniZIM2-13:17
122085Stefano BaldiniITA2-13:25
132203Tsuyoshi OgataJPN2-13:26
142832Georgy AndreyevRUS2-13:33
152125Ruggero PertileITA2-13:39
161608José Manuel MartínezESP2-14:00
171690Francis KirwaFIN2-14:22
182310Lee Myeong-SeungKOR2-14:37
191686Janne HolménFIN2-14:44
202394Abderrahim GoumriMAR2-15:00
212834Aleksey SokolovRUS2-15:57
223231Brian SellUSA2-16:07
232108Ottaviano AndrianiITA2-16:10
241828Dan RobinsonGBR2-16:14
251329Deng HaiyangCHN2-16:17
262405Abderrahhime BouramdaneMAR2-17:42
273122Vasyl MatviychukUKR2-17:50
282304Lee Bong-JuKOR2-17:56
292836Oleg KulkovRUS2-18:11
302645Paulo GomesPOR2-18:15
313052Alex MalingaUGA2-18:26
322455Carlos CorderoMEX2-18:40
332676Ri Kum-SongPRK2-19:08
342629Henryk SzostPOL2-19:43
351973José Amado GarcíaGUA2-20:15
361569Yonas KifleERI2-20:23
371261Nasar Sakar SaeedBRN2-20:24
381232José de SouzaBRA2-20:25
392494Kamiel MaaseNED2-20:30
402674Pak Song-CholPRK2-21:16
412428Iaroslav MusinschiMDA2-21:18
422675Kim Il-NamPRK2-21:51
431417Juan Carlos CardonaCOL2-21:57
442730Hendrick RamaalaRSA2-22:43
452501Arjun Kumar BasnetNEP2-23:09
462646Hélder OrnelasPOR2-23:20
472437Procopio FrancoMEX2-23:24
481433Nelson CruzCPV2-23:47
491325Roberto EcheverríaCHI2-23:54
502303Kim I-YongKOR2-23:57
511336Li ZhuhongCHN2-24:08
522457Bat-Ochiryn Ser-OdMGL2-24:19
532739Norman DlomoRSA2-24:28
542612Arkadiusz SowaPOL2-24:48
552969Samson RamadhaniTAN2-25:03
561205Ndabili BashingiliBOT2-25:11
571754Simon MunyutuFRA2-25:50
581022Toni BernadóAND2-26:29
593001Wu Wen-ChienTPE2-26:55
601057Lee TroopAUS2-27:17
612559Constantino LeónPER2-28:04
622467Goran StojiljkovićMNE2-28:14
631974Alfredo ArévaloGUA2-28:26
642696Yousuf Othman QaderQAT2-28:40
651551Franklin TenorioECU2-29:05
662440Francisco BautistaMEX2-29:28
672875Roman KejžarSLO2-29:37
681110Joachim NshimirimanaBDI2-29:55
692063Haile SatayinISR2-30:07
702227Takhir MamashayevKAZ2-30:26
713038Abdil CeylanTUR2-31:43
721628José RíosESP2-32:35
731284Hem BuntingCAM2-33:32
742360Marcel TschoppLIE2-35:06
751642Pavel LoskutovEST2-39:01
762205Atsushi SatoJPN2-41:08
AC1567Tesfayohannes MesfinERIDNF
AC1627Julio ReyESPDNF
AC2043Martin FaganIRLDNF
AC1260Riyadh Al-MustafaBRNDNF
AC2346Ali Mabrouk El-ZaidiLBADNF
AC1235Marílson dos SantosBRADNF
AC2271Luke KibetKENDNF
AC1259Abdelhak ZakariaBRNDNF
AC3306Luis FonsecaVENDNF
AC3092Oleksandr KuzinUKRDNF
AC1227Franck CaldeiraBRADNF
AC1189Andrey GordeyevBLRDNF
AC1023João N'TyambaANGDNF
AC2355Moses MosuhliLESDNF
AC2974Getuli BayoTANDNF
AC2689Mubarak ShamiQATDNF
AC2357Simon MaineLESDNF
AC2356Clement LebopoLESDNF
AC3112Oleksandr SitkovskiyUKRDNF
DNS2968Mohamed Ikoki MsandukiTAN
DNS2204Satoshi OosakiJPN
DNS2997Augusto SoaresTLS