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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Marathon

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: October 1, 2000
Date Finished: October 1, 2000
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.

Gold: ETH Gezahgne Abera
Silver: KEN Eric Wainaina
Bronze: ETH Tesfaye Tola

Summary

The Sydney marathon course was point-to-point, starting near the North Sydney Oval, and finishing in the Olympic stadium. The race started at 4 PM, but as it was early spring in Sydney on 1 October, the conditions were as cool as anything Olympic marathoners had seen since Montréal in 1976. There was no individual favorite, but African runners, especially those from Kenya and Ethiopia by now dominated international marathoning and road racing. In fact, the two nations had such deep world-class runners to choose from that even the make-up of their Olympic marathon teams was hard to pick in the months prior to the Olympics. The race itself was unspectacular. Defending champion Josia Thugwane ran, but finished 20th. Not unexpectedly, three runners from Ethiopia and Kenya mounted the podium. Ethiopia's unheralded Gezahgne Abera won the gold medal, 20 seconds ahead of Kenya's Erick Wainaina, who had won a bronze medal in 1996. Abera's countryman, Tesfaye Tola, placed third. Of the 100 starters, 81 finished the race.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Gezahgne Abera 22 Ethiopia ETH Gold 2-10:11
2 Eric Wainaina 26 Kenya KEN Silver 2-10:31
3 Tesfaye Tola 25 Ethiopia ETH Bronze 2-11:10
4 Jon Brown 29 Great Britain GBR 2-11:17
5 Giacomo Leone 29 Italy ITA 2-12:14
6 Martín Fiz 37 Spain ESP 2-13:06
7 Abdel Kader El-Mouaziz 31 Morocco MAR 2-13:49
8 Mohamed Ouaadi 31 France FRA 2-14:04
9 Tendai Chimusasa 29 Zimbabwe ZIM 2-14:19
10 Steve Moneghetti 37 Australia AUS 2-14:50
11 António Pinto 34 Portugal POR 2-15:17
12 Hendrick Ramaala 28 South Africa RSA 2-16:19
13 Kamiel Maase 28 Netherlands NED 2-16:24
14 Silvio Guerra 31 Ecuador ECU 2-16:27
15 Mathias Ntawulikura 36 Rwanda RWA 2-16:39
16 Thabiso Moqhali 32 Lesotho LES 2-16:43
17 João N'Tyamba 32 Angola ANG 2-16:43
18 Domingos Castro 36 Portugal POR 2-16:52
19 Keith Cullen 28 Great Britain GBR 2-16:59
20 Josia Thugwane 29 South Africa RSA 2-16:59
21 Shinji Kawashima 34 Japan JPN 2-17:21
22 Simretu Alemayehu 29 Ethiopia ETH 2-17:21
23 Kamel Kohil 28 Algeria ALG 2-17:46
24 Lee Bong-Ju 31 South Korea KOR 2-17:57
25 Greg van Hest 27 Netherlands NED 2-18:00
26 Pavel Kokin 26 Russia RUS 2-18:02
27 Andrés Espinosa 37 Mexico MEX 2-18:02
28 Rod de Highden 31 Australia AUS 2-18:04
29 Kim Jung-Won 27 North Korea PRK 2-18:04
30 Kim Jong-Chol 28 North Korea PRK 2-18:04
31 Pamenos Ballantyne 26 Saint Vincent VIN 2-19:08
32 Ronnie Holassie 29 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 2-19:24
33 Michael Buchleitner 30 Austria AUT 2-19:26
34 Dmitry Kapitonov 32 Russia RUS 2-19:38
35 Pavel Loskutov 30 Estonia EST 2-19:41
36 Viktor Röthlin 25 Switzerland SUI 2-20:06
37 Michael Fietz 32 Germany GER 2-20:09
38 Tahar Mansouri 35 Tunisia TUN 2-20:33
39 José Luis Molina 35 Costa Rica CRC 2-20:37
40 Carlos Tarazona 34 Venezuela VEN 2-20:39
41 Nobuyuki Sato 28 Japan JPN 2-20:52
42 Alberto Juzdado 34 Spain ESP 2-21:18
43 Johannes Maremane 34 South Africa RSA 2-21:25
44 Bruce Deacon 33 Canada CAN 2-21:38
45 Jeong Nam-Gyun 21 South Korea KOR 2-22:23
46 Néstor García 25 Uruguay URU 2-22:30
47 Ahmed Abdel Mougod Soliman 29 Egypt EGY 2-22:47
48 Lucketz Swartbooi 34 Namibia NAM 2-22:55
49 Toni Bernadó 33 Andorra AND 2-23:03
50 Luís Novo 30 Portugal POR 2-23:04
51 Lucky Willie Bhembe 26 Swaziland SWZ 2-23:38
52 Boubker El-Afoui 31 Morocco MAR 2-23:53
53 Abel Antón 37 Spain ESP 2-24:04
54 Carsten Eich 30 Germany GER 2-24:11
55 Valeriu Vlas 29 Moldova MDA 2-24:35
56 Mark Steinle 25 Great Britain GBR 2-24:42
57 Alex Malinga 26 Uganda UGA 2-24:53
58 Oscar Cortínez 27 Argentina ARG 2-25:01
59 Kil Jae-Son 25 North Korea PRK 2-25:13
60 Petko Stefanov 28 Bulgaria BUL 2-26:24
61 Zebedayo Bayo 24 Tanzania TAN 2-26:24
62 Roman Kejžar 34 Slovenia SLO 2-26:38
63 Panagiotis Kharamis 29 Greece GRE 2-26:55
64 Benjamín Paredes 38 Mexico MEX 2-27:17
65 Baek Seung-Do 32 South Korea KOR 2-28:25
66 Lee Troop 27 Australia AUS 2-29:32
67 António Carlos Piña 34 Cape Verde CPV 2-29:46
68 Sergey Zabavsky 26 Tajikistan TJK 2-30:29
69 Rod DeHaven 33 United States USA 2-30:46
70 Nazirdin Alikbekov 34 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 2-31:26
71 Calisto da Costa 21 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA 2-33:11
72 Marco Condori 34 Bolivia BOL 2-34:11
73 Sarath Prasanna Gamage 28 Sri Lanka SRI 2-34:39
74 Gian Luigi Macina 36 San Marino SMR 2-35:42
75 Vanderlei de Lima 31 Brazil BRA 2-37:08
76 Željko Petrović 31 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 2-38:29
77 Tiyapo Maso 27 Botswana BOT 2-38:53
78 Ðuro Kodžo 29 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 2-39:14
79 José Alejandro Semprún 27 Venezuela VEN 3-00:02
80 To Rithya 32 Cambodia CAM 3-03:56
81 Elias Rodriguez 36 Federated States of Micronesia FSM 3-09:14
AC Stefano Baldini 29 Italy ITA DNF
AC Abdellah Béhar 37 France FRA DNF
AC José Alirio Carrasco 24 Colombia COL DNF
AC Kenneth Cheruiyot 26 Kenya KEN DNF
AC Adel Adili 26 Libya LBA DNF
AC Éder Fialho 27 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Piotr Gładki 28 Poland POL DNF
AC Takayuki Inubushi 28 Japan JPN DNF
AC Rashid Jamal 21 Qatar QAT DNF
AC Willy Kalombo 32 Congo (Kinshasa) COD DNF
AC Elijah Lagat 34 Kenya KEN DNF
AC Vincenzo Modica 29 Italy ITA DNF
AC Patrick Ndayisenga 28 Burundi BDI DNF
AC Omar Daher Gadid 34 Djibouti DJI DNF
AC Richard Rodriguez 30 Aruba ARU DNF
AC Osmiro Silva 38 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Angelo Simon 25 Tanzania TAN DNF
AC Róbert Štefko 32 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Fokasi Wilbrod 30 Tanzania TAN DNF