Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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Samuel Wanjiru
Venue Beijing
Dates August 24
Competitors 98 from 57 nations
Winning time 2:06:32 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Samuel Kamau Wanjiru  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jaouad Gharib  Morocco
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tsegay Kebede  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, United States 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, gold medalist(s) Samuel Kamau Wanjiru  Kenya 2:06:32 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jaouad Gharib  Morocco 2:07:16
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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
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 DNF
Mohamed Ikoki Msandeki  Tanzania DNS
Satoshi Osaki  Japan DNS
Augusto Soares  Timor-Leste DNS

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Kenyan wins marathon gold". Associated Press via Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 

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