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Marathon, Men

Date12 August 2012 — 11:00
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Mall, London
Participants105 from 67 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.

Kenyan Wilson Kipsang had won four major marathons in the preceding 18 months, with a best time of 2-03:42 in winning at Frankfurt in 2011 and had two other times under 2-05. He came into London as the favorite, but was expected to be challenged mainly by his countrymen, Abel Kirui and Emmanuel Mutai. A surprising omission from their Olympic team was world record holder Patrick Makau. The opening pace was pedestrian, going through 10K in a 2-09:49 pace, but Kipsang then put the hammer down, running the next two miles in 4:30 and 4:36, to spread out the field, dropping Mutai. At the halfway point he had a 16-second lead on a group of six contenders. Among these were Kirui and the surprising Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich, more known as a track and cross-country runner. He had been sixth at the 2011 International Cross-Country race, and then made his marathon début at the Enschede race, winning in his first marathon.

At 22 km, Kiprotich gave chase on Kipsang, pulling Kirui along with him, and basically settling the medal race. The two caught Kipsang at 24 km and they would remain together through 35 km. Kiprotich then dropped back slightly, seemingly injured as he slapped at a cramping left hammie. But it was possibly more a tactical pause as he surged ahead going up Fish Street Hill, and dropped both Kenyans over the next minute. He poured on a 4:42 24th mile that left him alone and Kiprotich came home to win Uganda’s first ever medal in the marathon, and their first Olympic gold medal in athletics since John Akii-Bua had won the 1972 400 hurdles.

Kirui attempted to run with Kiprotich but was unable to, while behind him, Kipsang gave way after setting the early pace, and he would win bronze. American Meb Keflezighi, silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, came home just out of the medals in fourth.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
13113Stephen KiprotichUGA2-08:01Gold
22304Abel KiruiKEN2-08:27Silver
32302Wilson Kipsang KiprotichKEN2-09:37Bronze
43225Meb KeflezighiUSA2-11:06
51226Marílson dos SantosBRA2-11:10
62230Kentaro NakamotoJPN2-11:16
73368Cuthbert NyasangoZIM2-12:08
81229Paulo Roberto PaulaBRA2-12:17
92672Henryk SzostPOL2-12:28
102139Ruggero PertileITA2-12:45
112971Viktor RöthlinSUI2-12:48
123147Oleksandr SitkovskyiUKR2-12:56
131222Franck CaldeiraBRA2-13:35
142824Aleksey ReunkovRUS2-13:49
153367Wirimai JuwawoZIM2-14:09
161059Michael ShelleyAUS2-14:10
172315Emmanuel Kipchirchir MutaiKEN2-14:49
182457Rachid KisriMAR2-15:09
191593Yared AsmeromERI2-15:24
201304Dylan WykesCAN2-15:26
212629Raúl PachecoPER2-15:35
221288Eric GillisCAN2-16:00
232825Dmitry SafronovRUS2-16:04
241615Carles CastillejoESP2-16:17
252484Iaroslav MusinschiMDA2-16:25
262760Marius IonescuROU2-16:28
271285Reid CoolsaetCAN2-16:29
281041Martin DentAUS2-16:29
293146Vitaliy ShafarUKR2-16:36
301822Lee MerrienGBR2-17:00
311613Ignacio CáceresESP2-17:11
322358Lee Du-HaengKOR2-17:19
333015Faustine MussaTAN2-17:39
341620José Carlos HernándezESP2-17:48
351019Miguel Ángel BárzolaARG2-17:54
362594Urige ButaNOR2-17:58
372800Georgy AndreyevRUS2-18:20
382014José Amado GarcíaGUA2-18:23
392507Daniel VargasMEX2-18:26
402242Ryo YamamotoJPN2-18:34
411548Jesper FaurschouDEN2-18:44
422117Kári Steinn KarlssonISL2-18:47
432777Lusapho AprilRSA2-19:00
442480Mike TebuloMAW2-19:11
452222Arata FujiwaraJPN2-19:11
462929Primož KobeSLO2-19:28
472079Guor MarialIOA2-19:32
482709Luís FeiteiraPOR2-19:40
492786Stephen MokokaRSA2-19:52
501570Miguel AlmachiECU2-19:53
512515Bat-Ochiryn Ser-OdMGL2-20:10
522736Pak Song-CholPRK2-20:20
532735Kim Kwang-HyokPRK2-20:20
541348Dong GuojianCHN2-20:39
552962Anuradha CooraySRI2-20:41
562216Methkal Abu DraisJOR2-21:00
572096Mark KenneallyIRL2-21:13
581596Yonas KifleERI2-21:25
593123Ivan BabarykaUKR2-21:52
602496Carlos CorderoMEX2-22:08
611828Scott OverallGBR2-22:37
623348Pedro MoraVEN2-22:40
631047Jeff HuntAUS2-22:59
641167Stsiapan RahautsouBLR2-23:23
651449César LizanoCRC2-24:16
663016Samson RamadhaniTAN2-24:53
671517Jan KreisingerCZE2-25:03
682753Mohammed Abduh BakhetQAT2-25:17
691731Jussi UtriainenFIN2-26:25
702500Arturo MalaquiasMEX2-26:37
713066Wissem HosniTUN2-26:43
722045Tamás KovácsHUN2-27:48
732351Jang Sin-GwonKOR2-28:20
741012Toni BernadóAND2-28:34
752423Marcel TschoppLIE2-28:54
763076Bekir KarayelTUR2-29:38
773030Chang Chia-CheTPE2-29:58
782070Ram Singh YadavIND2-30:06
792905Jean-Pierre MvuyekureRWA2-30:19
801985Kostas PouliosGRE2-33:17
812121Zohar ZemiroISR2-34:59
822352Jeong Jin-HyeokKOR2-38:45
831412Juan Carlos CardonaCOL2-40:13
843026Augusto SoaresTLS2-45:09
852419Tsepo RamoneneLES2-55:54
AC1676Ayele AbsheroETHDNF
AC2788Coolboy NgamoleRSADNF
AC1354Li ZichengCHNDNF
AC2953Darko ŽivanovićSRBDNF
AC1407Ilunga Zatara MandeCODDNF
AC1761Abdellatif MeftahFRADNF
AC1692Dino SefirETHDNF
AC1007Tayeb FilaliALGDNF
AC2485Roman ProdiusMDADNF
AC2717Rui Pedro SilvaPORDNF
AC1684Getu FelekeETHDNF
AC1602Samuel TsegayERIDNF
AC3203Abdi AbdirahmanUSADNF
AC1768Patrick TambwéFRADNF
AC3219Ryan HallUSADNF
AC1756Abraham KiprotichFRADNF
AC2409Ali Mabrouk El-ZaidiLBADNF
AC1089Günther WeidlingerAUTDNF
AC2397Valērijs ŽolnerovičsLATDNF
AC2451Abderrahhime BouramdaneMARDNF DQ1