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Men's Marathon

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: August 29, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.

Gold: ITA Stefano Baldini
Silver: USA Meb Keflezighi
Bronze: BRA Vanderlei de Lima

Summary

The Athina men's marathon was contested on the hottest day ever for an Olympic marathon, with the temperature just above 30° C. (86° F.). There was again no definite favorite, and the field of 101 runners set a slow pace, as the runners were concerned about the heat. At the 20 km. mark, Brazil's Vanderlei de Lima opened up a small lead. By 30 km. he had pulled ahead by almost 50 seconds, but gradually the pursuers started to reel him in a bit, chopping 20 seconds off that lead over the next five kilometers. Unfortunately, at the 36 km. mark, a fan ran onto the course and ran directly at de Lima, pushing him briefly off the course. De Lima saw his stride broken, and he was unable to continue at the same pace. At 39 km. he was caught by Italy's Stefano Baldini, who went into the lead and held on to win gold medal. The United States' Meb Keflezighi, and Eritrean immigrant, also passed de Lima, and he took the silver medal, with de Lima holding on to win a bronze.

It turned out that the fan who had assaulted de Lima was a deranged former Irish priest, who had a history of these acts. He had once walked out onto the track at a Formula One race, fortunately not being harmed and not causing an accident, or injury to any drivers. De Lima protested the result, appealing that he should have been declared the winner, and that he would have won the race if not for the disturbance. That is unlikely, as Baldini and Keflezighi were closing on him at the time of incident, and he finished almost 1½ minutes behind Baldini, and 42 seconds behind Keflezighi, only holding off the fourth-place finisher, Britain's Jon Brown, by 15 seconds. De Lima's protest was disallowed. For Brown, it was an unfortunate second consecutive fourth place finish in the Olympic marathon.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Stefano Baldini 33 Italy ITA Gold 2-10:55
2 Meb Keflezighi 29 United States USA Silver 2-11:29
3 Vanderlei de Lima 35 Brazil BRA Bronze 2-12:11
4 Jon Brown 33 Great Britain GBR 2-12:26
5 Shigeru Aburaya 27 Japan JPN 2-13:11
6 Toshinari Suwa 27 Japan JPN 2-13:24
7 Eric Wainaina 30 Kenya KEN 2-13:30
8 Alberto Chaíça 30 Portugal POR 2-14:17
9 Alberico Di Cecco 30 Italy ITA 2-14:34
10 Paul Tergat 35 Kenya KEN 2-14:45
11 Jaouad Gharib 32 Morocco MAR 2-15:12
12 Alan Culpepper 31 United States USA 2-15:26
13 Leonid Shvetsov 35 Russia RUS 2-15:28
14 Lee Bong-Ju 35 South Korea KOR 2-15:33
15 Ambesse Tolosa 26 Ethiopia ETH 2-15:39
16 Gert Thys 32 South Africa RSA 2-16:08
17 Ji Yeong-Jun 22 South Korea KOR 2-16:14
18 Toni Peña 33 Spain ESP 2-16:38
19 Georgy Andreyev 28 Russia RUS 2-16:55
20 Haile Satayin 49 Israel ISR 2-17:25
21 Jonathan Wyatt 31 New Zealand NZL 2-17:45
22 Janne Holmén 26 Finland FIN 2-17:50
23 Dan Robinson 29 Great Britain GBR 2-17:53
24 Nikos Polias 33 Greece GRE 2-17:56
25 Ndabili Bashingili 24 Botswana BOT 2-18:09
26 Pavel Loskutov 34 Estonia EST 2-18:09
27 José Ríos 30 Spain ESP 2-18:40
28 Lee Troop 31 Australia AUS 2-18:46
29 Michael Buchleitner 34 Austria AUT 2-19:19
30 Anuradha Cooray 26 Sri Lanka SRI 2-19:24
31 Li Zhuhong 20 China CHN 2-19:26
32 Joachim Nshimirimana 31 Burundi BDI 2-19:31
33 Dale Warrender 30 New Zealand NZL 2-19:42
34 Waldemar Glinka 36 Poland POL 2-19:43
35 Jong Myong-Chol 28 North Korea PRK 2-19:47
36 El Hassan Lahssini 29 France FRA 2-19:50
37 Michał Bartoszak 34 Poland POL 2-20:20
38 Ahmed Jumaa Jaber 20 Qatar QAT 2-20:27
39 Ali Mabrouk El-Zaidi 30 Libya LBA 2-20:31
40 Samson Ramadhani 21 Tanzania TAN 2-20:38
41 Lee Myeong-Seung 24 South Korea KOR 2-21:01
42 Tomoaki Kunichika 31 Japan JPN 2-21:13
43 José Alirio Carrasco 28 Colombia COL 2-21:14
44 Ernest Ndissipou 31 Central African Republic CAF 2-21:23
45 Nick Harrison 33 Australia AUS 2-21:42
46 Tereje Wodajo 22 Ethiopia ETH 2-21:53
47 Aguelmis Rojas 25 Cuba CUB 2-21:59
48 Abel Chimukoko 31 Zimbabwe ZIM 2-22:09
49 Saïd Belhout 29 Algeria ALG 2-22:32
50 Matt O'Dowd 28 Great Britain GBR 2-22:37
51 Juan Carlos Cardona 30 Colombia COL 2-22:49
52 Daniele Caimmi 31 Italy ITA 2-23:07
53 João N'Tyamba 36 Angola ANG 2-23:26
54 Roman Kejžar 38 Slovenia SLO 2-23:34
55 Procopio Franco 34 Mexico MEX 2-23:34
56 Wu Wen-Chien 27 Chinese Taipei TPE 2-23:54
57 Toni Bernadó 37 Andorra AND 2-23:55
58 Julio Rey 32 Spain ESP 2-24:54
59 Asaf Bimro 35 Israel ISR 2-25:20
60 Sisay Bezabeh 26 Australia AUS 2-25:26
61 Silvio Guerra 35 Ecuador ECU 2-25:29
62 Mathias Ntawulikura 40 Rwanda RWA 2-26:05
63 Róbert Štefko 36 Czech Republic CZE 2-27:12
64 José Amado García 26 Guatemala GUA 2-27:13
65 Dan Browne 29 United States USA 2-27:17
66 Han Gang 25 China CHN 2-27:31
67 Eduardo Buenavista 24 Philippines PHI 2-28:18
68 Driss El Himer 30 France FRA 2-29:07
69 Andrés Espinosa 41 Mexico MEX 2-29:43
70 Mpesela Ntlot'soeu 27 Lesotho LES 2-30:19
71 Franklin Tenorio 35 Ecuador ECU 2-31:12
72 José Ernani Palalia 32 Mexico MEX 2-31:41
73 Dmitry Burmakin 23 Russia RUS 2-31:51
74 Mindaugas Pukštas 26 Lithuania LTU 2-33:02
75 Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od 22 Mongolia MGL 2-33:24
76 Zhu Ronghua 30 China CHN 2-34:02
77 Alfredo Arévalo 28 Guatemala GUA 2-34:02
78 António Carlos Piña 38 Cape Verde CPV 2-36:22
79 Valery Pisarev 25 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 2-40:10
80 Zepherinus Joseph 28 Saint Lucia LCA 2-44:19
81 Marcel Matanin 30 Slovakia SVK 2-50:26
AC Hendrick Ramaala 32 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Zebedayo Bayo 28 Tanzania TAN DNF
AC Hailu Negussie 26 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Viktor Röthlin 29 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Riyadh Al-Mustafa 29 Bahrain BRN DNF
AC Rômulo Wagner 27 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Ian Syster 28 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Zsolt Bácskai 29 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Azat Rakipov 35 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Dmytro Baranovsky 25 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Rachid El-Ghanmouni 25 Morocco MAR DNF
AC Rachid Ziar 30 Algeria ALG DNF
AC Mustapha Bennacer 27 Algeria ALG DNF
AC André Luiz Ramos 34 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Luis Fonseca 27 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Khalid El-Boumlili 26 Morocco MAR DNF
AC John Nada Saya 26 Tanzania TAN DNF
AC Gil da Cruz 22 Timor Leste TLS DNF
AC Jussi Utriainen 25 Finland FIN DNF
AC Jean-Paul Gahimbaré 33 Burundi BDI DNF