Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Josia Thugwane ran his first marathon in 1991, but his breakthrough to the international athletics scene came in 1995 when he won the Honolulu Marathon. In Atlanta, in the Olympic marathon, a large leading pack stayed in contact with each other for most of the race until, at 35 km, in a move initiated by Thugwane, he and two other runners, Lee Bong-Ju from Korea and Eric Wainaina from Kenya, managed to make a break from the rest of the field. They stayed together until entering stadium, when Thugwane opened a slight lead. Thugwane finished 3 seconds ahead of Lee in the closest Olympic marathon finish ever. He had a very successful year in 1997 by winning the Fukuoka Marathon, but then his career dropped off. He failed to finish in three successive marathons and finished only 20th in the 2000 Sydney Olympic marathon. He also did not finish at either the 2001 or 2003 World Championships marathon, but managed to win the 2002 Nagano Marathon.
Personal Best: Mar – 2-07:28 (1997).
|1996 Summer||25||Atlanta||Athletics||Men's Marathon||South Africa||RSA||1||Gold|
|2000 Summer||29||Sydney||Athletics||Men's Marathon||South Africa||RSA||20|