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Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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]

Men's marathon
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Samuel Wanjiru at 2008 Summer Olympics.jpg
Samuel Wanjiru
VenueBeijing
DatesAugust 24
Competitors98 from 57 nations
Winning time2:06:32 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 qualifying standards were 2:15:00 (A standard) and 2:18:00 (B standard).[3]

The RaceEdit

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.

RecordsEdit

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

World record   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

ResultsEdit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[4]
  Samuel Kamau Wanjiru   Kenya 2:06:32 OR
  Jaouad Gharib   Morocco 2:07:16
  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   East Timor DNS

IntermediatesEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2008-08-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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