Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Samuel Wanjiru at 2008 Summer Olympics.jpg
Samuel Wanjiru
Venue Beijing
Dates August 24
Competitors 98 from 57 nations
Winning time 2:06:32 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    Kenya
Silver medal    Morocco
Bronze medal    Ethiopia
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The men's marathon at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 24 August at 7:30am in Beijing, ending in the Beijing National Stadium.[1] The winner of the event was Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya, who set an Olympic record in the time of two hours, six minutes, and 32 seconds.[2]

The qualifying standards were 2:15:00 (A standard) and 2:18:00 (B standard).[3]

The Race[edit]

It began in the early morning instead of the traditional late at night start. Through 10k, a group of 8 was at front. They were all broken down to five at 20k. At the front was Eritrean Yonas Kifle, Ethiopian Deriba Merga, Kenya's Martin Lel and Sammy Wanjiru, and Moroccan Jaouad Gharib. over the next 10k Deriba Merga started to press the pace, dropping Lel and Kifle. Just after 30k, Sammy Wanjiru attacked Deriba Merga who would crack and fade out of the medals. Sammy Wanjiru continued to sustain his gap back to Gharib. Gharib slowly reeled the deficit back but Wanjiru won the gold medal in an Olympic record 2:06:32. Gharib got silver, and Tsegaye Kebede pulled himself into third to take the bronze.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2:04:26 Berlin, Germany 28 September 2007
Olympic record  Carlos Lopes (POR) 2:09:21 Los Angeles, USA 12 August 1984

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Athlete Time OR WR
24 August Samuel Kamau Wanjiru Kenya 2:06:32 OR

Results[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[4]
1st Samuel Kamau Wanjiru Kenya 2:06:32 OR
2nd Jaouad Gharib Morocco 2:07:16
3rd Tsegay Kebede Ethiopia 2:10:00
4 Deriba Merga Ethiopia 2:10:21
5 Martin Lel Kenya 2:10:24
6 Viktor Röthlin Switzerland 2:10:35
7 Gashaw Asfaw Ethiopia 2:10:52
8 Yared Asmerom Eritrea 2:11:11
9 Dathan Ritzenhein United States 2:11:59
10 Ryan Hall United States 2:12:33
11 Mike Fokoroni Zimbabwe 2:13:17 PB
12 Stefano Baldini Italy 2:13:25
13 Tsuyoshi Ogata Japan 2:13:26 SB
14 Grigoriy Andreyev Russia 2:13:33
15 Ruggero Pertile Italy 2:13:39
16 José Manuel Martínez Spain 2:14:00
17 Francis Kirwa Finland 2:14:22
18 Lee Myong-Seung South Korea 2:14:37
19 Janne Holmén Finland 2:14:44
20 Abderrahim Goumri Morocco 2:15:00
21 Aleksey Sokolov Russia 2:15:57
22 Brian Sell United States 2:16:07
23 Ottaviano Andriani Italy 2:16:10
24 Dan Robinson Great Britain 2:16:14
25 Deng Haiyang China 2:16:17
26 Abderrahime Bouramdane Morocco 2:17:42
27 Vasyl Matviychuk Ukraine 2:17:50
28 Lee Bong-Ju South Korea 2:17:56
29 Oleg Kulkov Russia 2:18:11
30 Paulo Gomes Portugal 2:18:15
31 Alex Malinga Uganda 2:18:26
32 Carlos Cordero Mexico 2:18:40
33 Ri Kum-Song North Korea 2:19:08
34 Henryk Szost Poland 2:19:43
35 José Amado García Guatemala 2:20:15
36 Yonas Kifle Eritrea 2:20:23
37 Nasar Sakar Saeed Bahrain 2:20:24
38 José de Souza Brazil 2:20:25
39 Kamiel Maase Netherlands 2:20:30
40 Pak Song-Chol North Korea 2:21:16
41 Iaroslav Musinschi Moldova 2:21:18
42 Kim Il-Nam North Korea 2:21:51
43 Juan Carlos Cardona Colombia 2:21:57
44 Hendrick Ramaala South Africa 2:22:43
45 Arjun Kumar Basnet Nepal 2:23:09 PB
46 Hélder Ornelas Portugal 2:23:20
47 Procopio Franco Mexico 2:23:24
48 Nelson Cruz Cape Verde 2:23:47
49 Roberto Echeverría Chile 2:23:54
50 Kim Yi-Yong South Korea 2:23:57
51 Li Zhuhong China 2:24:08
52 Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od Mongolia 2:24:19
53 Norman Dlomo South Africa 2:24:28
54 Arkadiusz Sowa Poland 2:24:48
55 Samson Ramadhani Tanzania 2:25:03
56 Ndabili Bashingili Botswana 2:25:11
57 Simon Munyutu France 2:25:50
58 Antoni Bernadó Andorra 2:26:29
59 Wu Wen-Chien Chinese Taipei 2:26:55
60 Lee Troop Australia 2:27:17
61 Constantino León Peru 2:28:04
62 Goran Stojiljković Montenegro 2:28:14
63 Alfredo Arévalo Guatemala 2:28:26
64 Yousf Othman Qader Qatar 2:28:40
65 Franklin Tenorio Ecuador 2:29:05
66 Francisco Bautista Mexico 2:29:28
67 Roman Kejžar Slovenia 2:29:37
68 Joachim Nshimirimana Burundi 2:29:55
69 Seteng Ayele Israel 2:30:07
70 Takhir Mamashayev Kazakhstan 2:30:26
71 Abdil Ceylan Turkey 2:31:43
72 José Ríos Spain 2:32:35
73 Hem Bunting Cambodia 2:33:32
74 Marcel Tschopp Liechtenstein 2:35:06
75 Pavel Loskutov Estonia 2:39:01
76 Atsushi Sato Japan 2:41:08
DNF Tesfayohannes Mesfen Eritrea
DNF Julio Rey Spain
DNF Martin Fagan Ireland
DNF Al Mustafa Riyadh Bahrain
DNF Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi Libya
DNF Marilson dos Santos Brazil
DNF Luke Kibet Kenya
DNF Abdulhak Elgorche Zakaria Bahrain
DNF Luis Fonseca Venezuela
DNF Oleksandr Sitkovskyy Ukraine
DNF Franck de Almeida Brazil
DNF Andrei Gordeev Belarus
DNF João N'Tyamba Angola
DNF Moses Moeketsi Mosuhli Lesotho
DNF Getuli Bayo Tanzania
DNF Mubarak Hassan Shami Qatar
DNF Simon Tsotang Maine Lesotho
DNF Clement Mabothile Lebopo Lesotho
DNF Olexandr Kuzin Ukraine
DNS Mohamed Ikoki Msandeki Tanzania
DNS Satoshi Osaki Japan
DNS Augusto Soares Timor-Leste

Key: OR = Olympic record, SB = Season Best, PB = Personal Best, DNF = Did Not Finish, DNS = Did Not Start

Intermediates[edit]

Intermediate Athlete Country Mark
10 km 1. José Manuel Martínez  Spain 29:25
2. Deriba Merga  Ethiopia s.t.
3. Martin Lel  Kenya s.t.
4. Yared Asmerom  Eritrea s.t.
5. Yonas Kifle  Eritrea +0:01
20 km 1. Deriba Merga  Ethiopia 59:10
2. Yonas Kifle  Eritrea s.t.
3. Martin Lel  Kenya s.t.
4. Jaouad Gharib  Morocco s.t.
5. Samuel Kamau Wanjiru  Kenya s.t.
30 km 1. Deriba Merga  Ethiopia 1:29:14
2. Samuel Kamau Wanjiru  Kenya s.t.
3. Jaouad Gharib  Morocco +0:04
4. Martin Lel  Kenya +0:09
5. Yonas Kifle  Eritrea +0:15
40 km 1. Samuel Kamau Wanjiru  Kenya 1:59:54
2. Jaouad Gharib  Morocco +0:18
3. Deriba Merga  Ethiopia +1:57
4. Tsegay Kebede  Ethiopia +2:43
5. Martin Lel  Kenya +3:04

s.t. - same time.

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