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Marathon, Men

Date21 August 2016 — 9:30
StatusOlympic
LocationSambódromo, Rio de Janeiro
Participants155 from 79 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge had once been a premier track runner, primarily over 5,000 metres, winning gold in that event at the 2003 World Championships, silver medals at the 2008 Olympics and 2007 Worlds, and a bronze at the 2004 Olympics. After failing to make the 2012 Kenyan Olympic team, he moved to the road and quickly became almost unbeatable at the marathon. From 2013-16 he won six major city marathons, winning all except the 2013 Berlin Marathon, and breaking 2-05 four times. He came to Rio as a clear favorite, but Olympic marathon favorites have not usually fared well.

The heat and humidity on the last day of the Olympics kept the pace slow, as is usual in the Olympic marathon. At 30K Kipchoge picked up the pace and strung out the field, leaving only two runners by his side with 10 km remaining, American Galen Rupp, silver medalist in the London 10K, who had only run his first marathon at the US Olympic Trials, and Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa. Kipchoge surged again at 35K and Rupp could not maintain the pace, with Lelisa struggling to stay close. With 6 km remaining Kipchoge was alone, the gold medal decided if disaster did not strike. It did not and the Kenyan won the gold by 1:10 over Lilesa, who was 11 seconds ahead of Rupp, who was closing the margin, but ran out of ground.

In early May 2017, Kipchoge ran a trial race, staged by Nike, in an attempt to break the 2-hour barrier for the marathon. The two other participants in the race were Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa and Eritrean Zersenay Tadesse. The event was held on the Monza race track in Italy, with designated pacers entering the event planned stages. The runners ran behind a pace vehicle, designed to keep them on the ideal pace, but it also provided drafting protection, one of the factors keeping the event from being eligible for record consideration. Drinks were handed to the runners, as needed, by helpers on bicycles, another move that made it ineligible for a record. Finally, all three marathoners wore newly designed, special Nike shoes, and there was some question about their legality for record purposes. In the end, only Kipchoge came close to the barrier, running a “fastest on record” time of 2-00:25, although it was not considered for a world best time, because of the problems noted above.

By the late 2010s Kipchoge had stamped himself as the dominant marathoner in the world and many considered him the greatest ever, perhaps rivalled only by Abebe Bikila. From 2013-19 Kipchoge ran 13 marathons, winning all but the 2013 Berlin race, in which he finished second. At Berlin in 2018 he set a world record of 2-01:39, and in 2019, at the London Marathon, his winning time of 2-02:37 was the second fastest marathon ever.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
12680Eliud KipchogeKEN2-08:44Gold
22398Feyisa LilesaETH2-09:54Silver
33097Galen RuppUSA2-10:05Bronze
42339Ghirmay GhebreslassieERI2-11:04
52964Alphonce Felix SimbuTAN2-11:15
63103Jared WardUSA2-11:30
72947Tadesse AbrahamSUI2-11:42
83023Munyo Solomon MutaiUGA2-11:49
92459Callum HawkinsGBR2-11:52
102198Eric GillisCAN2-12:29
112786Abdi NageeyeNED2-13:01
122314Mumin GalaDJI2-13:04
132390Lemi BerhanuETH2-13:29
143019Stephen KiprotichUGA2-13:32
152150Paulo Roberto PaulaBRA2-13:56
162655Satoru SasakiJPN2-13:57
173009Kaan Kigen ÖzbilenTUR2-14:11
182332Byron PiedraECU2-14:12
192804Sondre Nordstad MoenNOR2-14:17
203035Oleksandr SitkovskyiUKR2-14:24
212342Amanuel MeselERI2-14:37
222096Koen NaertBEL2-14:53
232195Reid CoolsaetCAN2-14:58
242892Lusapho AprilRSA2-15:24
252559Thonakal GopiIND2-15:25
262567Kheta RamIND2-15:26
272868Pak CholPRK2-15:27
282060Evans KiplagatAZE2-15:31
292223Dong GuojianCHN2-15:32
303031Ihor OlefirenkoUKR2-15:36
312030Liam AdamsAUS2-16:12
322584Paul PollockIRL2-16:24
333079Meb KeflezighiUSA2-16:46
342940Anuradha CooraySRI2-17:06
352313Abdi UladDEN2-17:06
362641Suehiro IshikawaJPN2-17:08
372888Marius IonescuROU2-17:27
382605Ruggero PertileITA2-17:30
392838Artur KozłowskiPOL2-17:34
403040Nicolás CuestasURU2-17:44
413128Pardon NdhlovuZIM2-17:48
422218Víctor AravenaCHI2-17:49
432963Saidi Juma MakulaTAN2-17:49
442091Florent CaelenBEL2-17:59
452821Raúl MachacuayPER2-18:00
462281Richer PérezCUB2-18:05
472050Michael ShelleyAUS2-18:06
483033Ihor RussUKR2-18:19
492352Carles CastillejoESP2-18:34
503043Andrés ZamoraURU2-18:36
513006Ercan MusluTUR2-18:40
522823Cristhian PachecoPER2-18:41
532025Mariano MastromarinoARG2-18:44
542762Daniel VargasMEX2-18:51
552511Philipp PfliegerGER2-18:56
562098Willem Van SchuerbeeckBEL2-18:56
572601Stefano La RosaITA2-18:57
583129Cuthbert NyasangoZIM2-18:58
592144Marílson dos SantosBRA2-19:09
602338Tewelde EstifanosERI2-19:12
612375Roman FostiEST2-19:26
622992Atef SaadTUN2-19:50
632384Tiidrek NurmeEST2-20:01
642585Kevin SeawardIRL2-20:06
652356Jesús EspañaESP2-20:08
662824Raúl PachecoPER2-20:13
672543Carlos TrujilloGUA2-20:24
682118Stsiapan RahautsouBLR2-20:34
692777Mynhardt KauaniviNAM2-20:45
702494Julian FlügelGER2-20:47
712484Daviti KharazishviliGEO2-20:47
722746Rachid KisriMAR2-21:00
732591Marhu TeferiISR2-21:06
742734Remigijus KančysLTU2-21:10
752949Christian KreienbühlSUI2-21:13
762724Mohamed HreziLBA2-21:17
772131Solonei SilvaBRA2-22:05
782258Andrés RuizCOL2-22:09
793018Jackson KipropUGA2-22:09
802054Scott WestcottAUS2-22:19
812943Guor MarialSSD2-22:45
822117Uladzislau PramauBLR2-22:48
832571Nitendra Singh RawatIND2-22:52
842330Miguel AlmachiECU2-23:00
852703Ilya TyapkinKGZ2-23:19
862554Gábor JózsaHUN2-23:22
872250Gerard GiraldoCOL2-23:48
882026Luis MolinaARG2-23:55
892886Yonas KindeEOR2-24:08
902224Duo BujieCHN2-24:22
912763Bat-Ochiryn Ser-OdMGL2-24:26
923124Jordan ChipangamaZAM2-24:58
932647Hisanori KitajimaJPN2-25:11
942730Lebenya NkokaLES2-25:13
952241Zhu RenxueCHN2-25:31
962906Sibusiso NzimaRSA2-25:33
972219Daniel EstradaCHI2-25:33
982916Ambroise UwiragiyeRWA2-25:57
992972Ho Chin-PingTPE2-26:00
1002672Mikhail KrasilovKAZ2-26:11
1012773David CarverMRI2-26:16
1022582Mick ClohiseyIRL2-26:34
1032012Hakim SadiALG2-26:47
1042755Roman ProdiusMDA2-27:01
1053119Luis OrtaVEN2-27:05
1062764Dambadarjaagiin GantulgaMGL2-27:42
1072220Enzo YáñezCHI2-27:47
1082553Gáspár CsereHUN2-28:03
1093039Martín CuestasURU2-28:10
1102732Valdas DopolskasLTU2-28:21
1112962Fabiano NaasiTAN2-28:31
1122246Kamongwa Salukombo MakorobondoCOD2-28:54
1132460Derek HawkinsGBR2-29:24
1142084Célestin NihorimbereBDI2-29:38
1152534Khristoforos MerousisGRE2-29:39
1162930Anton KosmačSLO2-29:48
1172542José Amado GarcíaGUA2-30:11
1182939Anđelko RističevićSRB2-30:17
1192760Ricardo RamosMEX2-30:20
1202590Tasama MoogasISR2-30:30
1212588Ageze GuadieISR2-30:45
1222867Rui Pedro SilvaPOR2-30:52
1232331Segundo JamiECU2-31:07
1242249Diego ColoradoCOL2-31:20
1253003Bekir KarayelTUR2-31:27
1262890Nicolae SoareROU2-31:53
1272851Yared ShegumoPOL2-31:54
1282577Mohammad Jaafar MoradiIRI2-31:58
1292765Tseveenravdangiin ByambajavMGL2-36:14
1302708Son Myeong-JunKOR2-36:21
1312533Mikhailis KalomoirisGRE2-37:03
1322966Boonthung SrisungTHA2-37:46
1332866Ricardo RibasPOR2-38:29
1342817Jorge CastelblancoPAN2-39:25
1352819Derlis AyalaPAR2-39:40
1362022Federico BrunoARG2-40:05
1372707Sim Jong-SeopKOR2-42:42
1382187Kuniaki TakizakiCAM2-45:55
1392634Methkal Abu DraisJOR2-46:18
AC2688Wesley KorirKENDNF
AC2676Stanley BiwottKENDNF
AC2173Isaac KorirBRNDNF
AC2728Tsepo MathibelleLESDNF
AC2991Wissem HosniTUNDNF
AC2853Henryk SzostPOLDNF
AC2897Lungile GongqaRSADNF
AC2007El-Hadi LaamecheALGDNF
AC2163Alemu BekeleBRNDNF
AC2085Abraham NiyonkuruBDIDNF
AC3126Wirimai JuwawoZIMDNF
AC2387Tesfaye AberaETHDNF
AC2475Tsegai TeweldeGBRDNF
AC2604Daniele MeucciITADNF
AC3112Andrey PetrovUZBDNF
AC2739Abdelmajid El-HissoufMAR2-20:29DQ1