Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Stephen Kiprotich at the London 2012 Men's Olympic Marathon, 12 August 2012.jpg
Winner Stephen Kiprotich near the end of the course.
Venue Marathon course, central London
Date 12 August
Competitors 105 from 67 nations
Winning time 2:08:01
Gold medal    Uganda
Silver medal    Kenya
Bronze medal    Kenya
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The men's marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place on the Olympic marathon street course on 12 August, the final day of the Games.[1]

The course started and finished on The Mall in central London. Runners completed one short circuit of 2.219 miles (3.571 km) around part of the City of Westminster and then three longer circuits of 8 miles (13 km) around Westminster, the Victoria Embankment and the City of London. The course was designed to pass many of London's best-known landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the Bank of England, Leadenhall Market, the Monument, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.[2]

Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda won the gold medal — the country's only medal at the 2012 Games. Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang, both from Kenya, took silver and bronze respectively.[3] Twenty athletes did not finish the race, which took place on a warm and sunny day.[4][5]

The race started off slowly. In the first 5 miles (8.0 km), Brazilian runner Franck de Almeida broke away on two separate occasions, only to get swallowed up by the pack. Between 10K and 12K, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich moved to the front in a more serious breakaway. The large pack broke up into a small chase pack of eight runners, primarily East African. With a fast 7 miles (11 km), Kipsang Kiprotich opened up a gap of about 15 seconds, which lasted for the next 10 miles but never increased significantly.[6] The chase group shrunk to Abel Kirui and Stephen Kiprotich, with Ayele Abshero just behind. While Abshero did not gain contact, the other three formed a lead pack. The two Kenyan teammates ran together, with the Ugandan trailing slightly. By 35K, the group of three had over a minute gap on the next competitor, Marilson dos Santos. At the 22 miles (35 km) marker, Kiprotich touched his leg as if he were struggling and he fell back a few seconds. At the 23 miles (37 km) marker, Kiprotich moved past the two Kenyans. His next mile was 4:42, opening up a 17 second gap on Kirui, with Kipsang falling back. Kiprotich extended his lead by 9 seconds and picked up a Ugandan flag before crossing the finish line.[7]

As is customary, the men's marathon medals were presented as part of the Closing Ceremony, which took place later that day, in the Olympic Stadium - the last medal presentation of the Games.


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 12 August 2012 11:00 Final


Prior to this event, the existing world and Olympic records stood as follows.

World record  Patrick Makau Musyoki (KEN) 2:03:38 Berlin, Germany 25 September 2011
Olympic record  Samuel Wanjiru (KEN) 2:06:32 Beijing, China 24 August 2008
2012 World leading  Ayele Abshero (ETH) 2:04:23 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 27 January 2012

According to IAAF statistics, the top ten fastest men's marathon times prior to the 2012 Olympics are as follows:[8][9]

Time Athlete Country Date Marathon
2:03:38 Patrick Makau Musyoki  Kenya 25 September 2011 Berlin
2:03:42 Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich  Kenya 30 October 2011 Frankfurt
2:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 28 September 2008 Berlin
2:04:23 Ayele Abshero  Ethiopia 27 January 2012 Dubai
2:04:27 Duncan Kibet  Kenya 5 April 2009 Rotterdam
2:04:27 James Kwambai  Kenya 5 April 2009 Rotterdam
2:04:40 Emmanuel Mutai  Kenya 17 April 2011 London
2:04:48 Yemane Tsegay  Ethiopia 15 April 2012 Rotterdam
2:04:50 Getu Feleke  Ethiopia 15 April 2012 Rotterdam
2:04:50 Dino Sefir  Ethiopia 27 January 2012 Dubai


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st Stephen Kiprotich Uganda 2:08:01
2nd Abel Kirui Kenya 2:08:27
3rd Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich Kenya 2:09:37
4 Mebrahtom Keflezighi United States 2:11:06
5 Marilson Dos Santos Brazil 2:11:10
6 Kentaro Nakamoto Japan 2:11:16
7 Cuthbert Nyasango Zimbabwe 2:12:08 PB
8 Paulo Roberto Paula Brazil 2:12:17
9 Henryk Szost Poland 2:12:28
10 Ruggero Pertile Italy 2:12:45
11 Viktor Röthlin Switzerland 2:12:48
12 Oleksandr Sitkovskyy Ukraine 2:12:56 SB
13 Franck De Almeida Brazil 2:13:35
14 Aleksey Reunkov Russia 2:13:49
15 Wirimai Juwawo Zimbabwe 2:14:09 SB
16 Michael Shelley Australia 2:14:10
17 Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai Kenya 2:14:49
18 Rachid Kisri Morocco 2:15:09
19 Yared Asmerom Eritrea 2:15:24
20 Dylan Wykes Canada 2:15:26
21 Raúl Pacheco Peru 2:15:35
22 Eric Gillis Canada 2:16:00
23 Dmitriy Safronov Russia 2:16:04
24 Carles Castillejo Spain 2:16:17
25 Iaroslav Musinschi Moldova 2:16:25
26 Marius Ionescu Romania 2:16:28
27 Reid Coolsaet Canada 2:16:29
28 Martin Dent Australia 2:16:29 SB
29 Vitaliy Shafar Ukraine 2:16:36
30 Lee Merrien Great Britain 2:17:00
31 Ignacio Cáceres Spain 2:17:11
32 Lee Duhaeng South Korea 2:17:19
33 Faustine Mussa Tanzania 2:17:39
34 José Carlos Hernández Spain 2:17:48
35 Miguel Barzola Argentina 2:17:54
36 Urige Buta Norway 2:17:58
37 Grigoriy Andreev Russia 2:18:20
38 José Amado García Guatemala 2:18:23
39 Daniel Vargas Mexico 2:18:26
40 Ryo Yamamoto Japan 2:18:34
41 Jesper Faurschou Denmark 2:18:44
42 Kári Steinn Karlsson Iceland 2:18:47
43 Lusapho April South Africa 2:19:00
44 Mike Tebulo Malawi 2:19:11 SB
45 Arata Fujiwara Japan 2:19:11
46 Primoz Kobe Slovenia 2:19:28
47 Guor Marial  Independent Olympic Athletes 2:19:32
48 Luis Feiteira Portugal 2:19:40 SB
49 Stephen Mokoka South Africa 2:19:52
50 Miguel Ángel Almachi Ecuador 2:19:53
51 Ser-Od Bat-Ochir Mongolia 2:20:10
52 Pak Song-Chol North Korea 2:20:20
53 Kim Kwang-Hyok North Korea 2:20:20
54 Dong Guojian China 2:20:39
55 Anuradha Cooray Sri Lanka 2:20:41
56 Methkal Abu Drais Jordan 2:21:00
57 Mark Kenneally Ireland 2:21:13
58 Yonas Kifle Eritrea 2:21:25
59 Ivan Babaryka Ukraine 2:21:52
60 Carlos Cordero Mexico 2:22:08
61 Scott Overall Great Britain 2:22:37
62 Pedro Mora Venezuela 2:22:40
63 Jeff Hunt Australia 2:22:59
64 Stsiapan Rahautsou Belarus 2:23:23
65 César Lizano Costa Rica 2:24:16
66 Samson Ramadhani Tanzania 2:24:53 SB
67 Jan Kreisinger Czech Republic 2:25:03
68 Mohammed Abduh Bakhet Qatar 2:25:17
69 Jussi Utriainen Finland 2:26:25
70 Arturo Malaquias Mexico 2:26:37
71 Wissem Hosni Tunisia 2:26:43
72 Tamás Kovács Hungary 2:27:48
73 Jang Sinkweon South Korea 2:28:20
74 Toni Bernadó Andorra 2:28:34
75 Marcel Tschopp Liechtenstein 2:28:54
76 Bekir Karayel Turkey 2:29:38
77 Chang Chia-Che Chinese Taipei 2:29:58
78 Ram Singh Yadav India 2:30:06
79 Jean Pierre Mvuyekure Rwanda 2:30:19
80 Konstandinos Poulios Greece 2:33:17
81 Zohar Zimro Israel 2:34:59
82 Jeong Jinhyeok South Korea 2:38:45
83 Juan Carlos Cardona Colombia 2:40:13
84 Augusto Soares Timor-Leste 2:45:09
85 Tsepo Ramonene Lesotho 2:55:54
Li Zicheng China DNF
Ilunga Mande Zatara DR Congo DNF
Darko Zivanovic Serbia DNF
Gunther Weidlinger Austria DNF
Abraham Kiprotich France DNF
Patrick Tambwe France DNF
Valerijs Zolnerovics Latvia DNF
Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi Libya DNF
Ryan Hall United States DNF
Abdihakem Abdirahman United States DNF
Getu Feleke Ethiopia DNF
Dino Sefir Ethiopia DNF
Samuel Tsegay Eritrea DNF
Ayele Abshero Ethiopia DNF
Tayeb Filali Algeria DNF
Rui Pedro Silva Portugal DNF
Coolboy Ngamole South Africa DNF
Abderrahime Bouramdane Morocco DNF
Roman Prodius Moldova DNF
Abdellatif Meftah France DNF


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