Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's Marathon
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Begining of 2016 Summer Olympics men's marathon.jpg
Beginning of the competition in the rain
VenueSambódromo
Date21 August 2016
Competitors155 from 80 nations
Winning time2:08:44
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya
2nd, silver medalist(s) Feyisa Lilesa  Ethiopia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Galen Rupp  United States
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The men's marathon at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro took place on the Sambódromo on 21 August, the final day of the Games.[1]

Summary[edit]

The race began at the Sambódromo in a light rain, with temperatures about 24 °C (75 °F). The field size of 155 starters was an Olympic Games record as well as the 140 finishers. The previous record was 124 starters and 111 finishers at the 1996 Olympic marathon in Atlanta. The 2016 race also had the most countries represented of any Olympic marathon and despite the weather conditions a record 62 men finished under 2:20:00 to show the quality and depth of the field.

The lead pack jogged comfortably through almost the first 15 kilometers, when Eliud Kipchoge injected a little speed into the race. By that point the pack was 62 men, that went from a line across the street shoulder to shoulder to a string chasing the leader. 46 still were hanging onto the lead group at the halfway point. Nine more dropped off by 25K. Over the next 5K, the pace gradually increased, losing the defending champion Stephen Kiprotich and reigning world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, though Ghebreslassie was hanging on off the back. At 30K there were only 8 still running together at the front. Lemi Berhanu seemed to be leading the increase of speed, calling back for his teammate Feyisa Lilesa to keep up. Within 2 km, the lead pack was down to four, the two Ethiopians, Kipchoge and Galen Rupp. In the next kilometer, Berhanu fell off the back. By 33K, the medalists were decided. At 35K, Rupp was just behind Lilesa and Kipchoge. Rupp lost contact at the following water station. Shortly after losing Rupp, Lilesa was immediately behind Kipchoge and apparently clipped his heels. Kipchoge was angry, motioning to Lilesa to run next to him, to use the rest of the street. Lilesa didn't respond, Kipchoge accelerated away. From that point, as the course snaked around buildings, the three leaders lost sight of each other as the gaps between them increased. Slightly less than a minute behind the leaders, Ghebreslassie was speeding past the other stragglers. At 40K, Kipchoge had 36 seconds over Lilesa, Rupp another 12 seconds back and Ghebreslassie 59 seconds behind Rupp. Over the lengthy straight finish, Kipchoge expanded his lead to 1:10, giving the thumbs up to the crowd as he finished at 2:08:44. Lilesa struggled but still held 11 seconds ahead of Rupp. Lilesa crossed his arms several time before crossing the finish line at 2:09:54 in solidarity of the protests of his ethnic Oromo people. Rupp finished at 2:10:05 still 59 seconds up on Ghebreslassie.[2]

Eliud Kipchoge had previously won medals on the track in 2004 and 2008; this race marked the continuation of his successful transition to the marathon distance. The difference between this and his last half marathon was 1:02:49. Kipchoge was the only Kenyan finisher in the marathon.[3]

The sky remained overcast throughout the race. The streets remained wet. As Athens 2004 silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, aged 41, was about to cross the finish line in thirty-third place, he slipped. Head and shoulders crossing the finish line, he did a couple of push ups on the ground before righting himself and walking over the line. Later Mohammad Jafar Moradi's hamstring seized up before he reached the finish line. He ended up crawling across the line unassisted. Federico Bruno also cramped up before the entrance of the Sambadrome. He had to finish the entire distance hopping sideways. Derlis Ayala stopped several times to assist Bruno.

The gifts were presented by Abby Hoffman, Council Member of the IAAF immediately after the race. At the closing ceremony, the athletes were presented with the medals by Thomas Bach, IOC President and Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF.

Demonstration[edit]

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia was the silver medalist and as he neared the line he crossed his arms above his head – a political gesture in solidarity with Oromo protests in Ethiopia. After the race he stated: "the Ethiopian government is killing my people so I stand with all protests anywhere as Oromo is my tribe. My relatives are in prison and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed."[4]

Schedule[edit]

Time is in accordance with UTC−03:00

Date Time Event
21 August 2016 09:30 Final

Results[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Eliud Kipchoge  Kenya 2:08:44
2nd, silver medalist(s) Feyisa Lilesa  Ethiopia 2:09:54
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Galen Rupp  United States 2:10:05 PB
4 Ghirmay Ghebreslassie  Eritrea 2:11:04
5 Alphonce Simbu  Tanzania 2:11:15
6 Jared Ward  United States 2:11:30 PB
7 Tadesse Abraham  Switzerland 2:11:42
8 Munyo Mutai  Uganda 2:11:49 SB
9 Callum Hawkins  Great Britain 2:11:52
10 Eric Gillis  Canada 2:12:29
11 Abdi Nageeye  Netherlands 2:13:01
12 Mumin Gala  Djibouti 2:13:04 PB
13 Lemi Berhanu  Ethiopia 2:13:29
14 Stephen Kiprotich  Uganda 2:13:32
15 Paulo Roberto Paula  Brazil 2:13:56 SB
16 Satoru Sasaki  Japan 2:13:57
17 Kaan Kigen Özbilen  Turkey 2:14:11
18 Bayron Piedra  Ecuador 2:14:12 PB
19 Sondre Nordstad Moen  Norway 2:14:17
20 Oleksandr Sitkovskyy  Ukraine 2:14:24
21 Amanuel Mesel  Eritrea 2:14:37
22 Koen Naert  Belgium 2:14:53
23 Reid Coolsaet  Canada 2:14:58
24 Lusapho April  South Africa 2:15:24
25 Thanackal Gopi  India 2:15:25 PB
26 Kheta Ram  India 2:15:26 PB
27 Pak Chol  North Korea 2:15:27
28 Evans Kiplagat Barkowet  Azerbaijan 2:15:31
29 Dong Guojian  China 2:15:32
30 Ihor Olefirenko  Ukraine 2:15:36
31 Liam Adams  Australia 2:16:12
32 Paul Pollock  Ireland 2:16:24
33 Mebrahtom Keflezighi  United States 2:16:46
34 Anuradha Indrajith Cooray  Sri Lanka 2:17:06
35 Abdi Hakin Ulad  Denmark 2:17:06
36 Suehiro Ishikawa  Japan 2:17:08
37 Marius Ionescu  Romania 2:17:27
38 Ruggero Pertile  Italy 2:17:30
39 Artur Kozłowski  Poland 2:17:34
40 Nicolas Cuestas  Uruguay 2:17:44
41 Pardon Ndhlovu  Zimbabwe 2:17:48
42 Víctor Aravena  Chile 2:17:49
43 Saidi Juma Makula  Tanzania 2:17:49
44 Florent Caelen  Belgium 2:17:59
45 Raul Machacuay  Peru 2:18:00
46 Richer Pérez  Cuba 2:18:05
47 Michael Shelley  Australia 2:18:06
48 Ihor Russ  Ukraine 2:18:19
49 Carles Castillejo  Spain 2:18:34
50 Ernesto Andres Zamora  Uruguay 2:18:36 PB
51 Ercan Muslu  Turkey 2:18:40
52 Cristhian Pacheco  Peru 2:18:41
53 Mariano Mastromarino  Argentina 2:18:44
54 Daniel Vargas  Mexico 2:18:51
55 Philipp Pflieger  Germany 2:18:56
56 Willem Van Schuerbeeck  Belgium 2:18:56 SB
57 Stefano La Rosa  Italy 2:18:57
58 Cuthbert Nyasango  Zimbabwe 2:18:58
59 Marilson Dos Santos  Brazil 2:19:09
60 Tewelde Estifanos  Eritrea 2:19:12
61 Roman Fosti  Estonia 2:19:26
62 Atef Saad  Tunisia 2:19:50
63 Tiidrek Nurme  Estonia 2:20:01
64 Kevin Seaward  Ireland 2:20:06
65 Jesús España  Spain 2:20:08
66 Raúl Pacheco  Peru 2:20:13
67 Juan Carlos Trujillo  Guatemala 2:20:24
68 Abdelmajid El Hissouf  Morocco 2:20:29
69 Stsiapan Rahautsou  Belarus 2:20:34
70 Mynhardt Mbeumuna Kawanivi  Namibia 2:20:45 SB
71 Julian Flügel  Germany 2:20:47
72 Daviti Kharazishvili  Georgia 2:20:47
73 Rachid Kisri  Morocco 2:21:00
74 Marhu Teferi  Israel 2:21:06
75 Remigijus Kančys  Lithuania 2:21:10
76 Christian Kreienbuhl  Switzerland 2:21:13
77 Mohamed Hrezi  Libya 2:21:17
78 Solonei da Silva  Brazil 2:22:05
79 Andres Ruiz  Colombia 2:22:09
80 Jackson Kiprop  Uganda 2:22:09
81 Scott Westcott  Australia 2:22:19
82 Guor Marial  South Sudan 2:22:45 SB
83 Uladzislau Pramau  Belarus 2:22:48
84 Nitendra Singh Rawat  India 2:22:52
85 Miguel Ángel Almachi  Ecuador 2:23:00
86 Ilya Tyapkin  Kyrgyzstan 2:23:19
87 Gabor Jozsa  Hungary 2:23:22
88 Gerald Giraldo  Colombia 2:23:48
89 Luis Ariel Molina  Argentina 2:23:55
90 Yonas Kinde  Refugee Olympic Team 2:24:08
91 Duo Bujie  China 2:24:22
92 Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od  Mongolia 2:24:26
93 Jordan Chipangama  Zambia 2:24:58
94 Hisanori Kitajima  Japan 2:25:11
95 Lebenya Nkoka  Lesotho 2:25:13
96 Zhu Renxue  China 2:25:31
97 Sibusiso Nzima  South Africa 2:25:33
98 Daniel Estrada  Chile 2:25:33
99 Ambroise Uwiragiye  Rwanda 2:25:57
100 Ho Chin-ping  Chinese Taipei 2:26:00
101 Mihail Krassilov  Kazakhstan 2:26:11
102 David Carver  Mauritius 2:26:16
103 Mick Clohisey  Ireland 2:26:34
104 Hakim Sadi  Algeria 2:26:47
105 Roman Prodius  Moldova 2:27:01
106 Luis Alberto Orta  Venezuela 2:27:05
107 Gantulga Dambadarjaa  Mongolia 2:27:42
108 Enzo Yanez  Chile 2:27:47
109 Gáspár Csere  Hungary 2:28:03
110 Martin Esteban Cuestas  Uruguay 2:28:10
111 Valdas Dopolskas  Lithuania 2:28:21
112 Fabiano Joseph Naasi  Tanzania 2:28:31
113 Kamongwa Salukombo Makorobondo  Democratic Republic of the Congo 2:28:54
114 Derek Hawkins  Great Britain 2:29:24
115 Pierre-Célestin Nihorimbere  Burundi 2:29:38
116 Hristoforos Merousis  Greece 2:29:39
117 Anton Kosmac  Slovenia 2:29:48
118 José Amado García  Guatemala 2:30:11
119 Andjelko Risticevic  Serbia 2:30:17
120 Ricardo Ramos  Mexico 2:30:20
121 Tesama Moogas  Israel 2:30:30
122 Ageze Guadie  Israel 2:30:45
123 Rui Pedro Silva  Portugal 2:30:52
124 Segundo Jami  Ecuador 2:31:07
125 Diego Colorado  Colombia 2:31:20
126 Bekir Karayel  Turkey 2:31:27
127 Nicolae-Alexandru Soare  Romania 2:31:53
128 Yared Shegumo  Poland 2:31:54
129 Mohammad Jafar Moradi  Iran 2:31:58
130 Byambajav Tseveenravdan  Mongolia 2:36:14
131 Son Myeong-jun  South Korea 2:36:21
132 Michael Kalomiris  Greece 2:37:03
133 Boonthung Srisung  Thailand 2:37:46
134 Ricardo Ribas  Portugal 2:38:29
135 Jorge Castelblanco  Panama 2:39:25
136 Derlis Ayala  Paraguay 2:39:40
137 Federico Bruno  Argentina 2:40:05
138 Shim Jung-sub  South Korea 2:42:42
139 Neko Hiroshi  Cambodia 2:45:55
140 Methkal Abu Drais  Jordan 2:46:18
Wesley Korir  Kenya DNF
Stanley Kipleting Biwott  Kenya DNF
Isaac Korir  Bahrain DNF
Tsepo Mathibelle  Lesotho DNF
Wissem Hosni  Tunisia DNF
Henryk Szost  Poland DNF
Lungile Gongqa  South Africa DNF
El Hadi Laameche  Algeria DNF
Alemu Bekele  Bahrain DNF
Abraham Niyonkuru  Burundi DNF
Wirimai Juwawo  Zimbabwe DNF
Tesfaye Abera  Ethiopia DNF
Tsegai Tewelde  Great Britain DNF
Daniele Meucci  Italy DNF
Andrey Petrov  Uzbekistan DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 8 September 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge wins men's marathon". BBC Sport. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Eliud Kipchoge powers to marathon gold as Callum Hawkins finishes ninth". Guardian. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  4. ^ Ethiopian runner makes protest sign as he crosses line in Rio. BBC News (2016-08-21). Retrieved on 2016-08-21.

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