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.
VenueMarathon course, central London
Date12 August
Competitors105 from 67 nations
Winning time2:08:01
1st place, gold medalist(s) Stephen Kiprotich
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Abel Kirui
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Wilson Kipsang
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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] One hundred and five athletes from 67 nations competed.[2] The event was won by Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, the nation's first Olympic men's marathon victory and the nation's only medal in 2012. Kenya earned its fourth and fifth medals in five Games, with Abel Kirui's silver and Wilson Kipsang's bronze.

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.


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 Caldeira broke away on two 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]


This was the 27th appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Returning runners from the 2008 marathon included sixth-place finisher Viktor Röthlin of Switzerland, eighth-place finisher Yared Asmerom of Eritrea, and tenth-place finisher Ryan Hall of the United States. The 2004 silver medalist Meb Keflezighi of the United States, who had not competed in Beijing, also returned. Abel Kirui of Kenya had won the past two world championships in 2009 and 2011. His countryman Patrick Makau Musyoki had set the world record in 2011, but could not finish the 2012 London Marathon due to injury and was not selected for the Kenyan team. Wilson Kipsang and Emmanuel Mutai joined Kirui on the Kenyan team instead; Kipsang was the favorite in the hundred-plus runner field.[2]

Iceland made its first appearance in Olympic men's marathons. South Sudan had one runner appear as an Independent Olympic Athlete. The United States made its 26th appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the boycotted 1980 Games.

Competition format and course[edit]

As all Olympic marathons, the competition was a single race. The marathon distance of 26 miles, 385 yards was run over a course that 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.[8]


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

No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

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


Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1st place, gold medalist(s) Stephen Kiprotich  Uganda 2:08:01
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Abel Kirui  Kenya 2:08:27
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 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 Konstantinos 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  Democratic Republic of the 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 DSQ
Roman Prodius  Moldova DNF
Abdellatif Meftah  France DNF


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