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Men's Marathon

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 24, 2008
Date Finished: August 24, 2008
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) point-to-point.

Gold: KEN Sammy Wanjiru
Silver: MAR Jaouad Gharib
Bronze: ETH Tsegaye Kebede

Summary

The world’s best marathoner was considered Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie who had first made his mark on the track with 10K gold medals in 1996 and 2000 and World Championships at 10K in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999. He began running the marathon seriously in 2005, and in September 2007 had broken the world record with 2-04:26 in Berlin. But he opted out of the marathon in Beijing, concerned about air quality and its possible deleterious effects on his health. This left the race wide open. The day of the race saw temperatures of 24° C. (77° F.) and high humidity, negating chances for a fast time. Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru knew the heat would make fast times difficult but had trained in the heat in Japan and was determined to set a very fast pace. He went to the lead immediately, passing 5K in 14:52, and many of the lead runners would not go with him, thinking the pace was too fast for the conditions. Wanjiru eased slightly after the opening 5K but ran in the lead throughout. At the halfway mark, he had cut the lead pack to only five runners – Yonas Kifle (ERI), Deriba Merga (ETH), Martin Lel (KEN), and Moroccan Jaouad Gharib. After 30K, only Gharib could stay with Wanjiru. But at 35K, they shared a water bottle, and Wanjiru then put the hammer down to drop Gharib, eventually winning by 44 seconds in 2-06:32, considered stunning in the heat. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede closed fast to get the silver medal but was almost three minutes back of Gharib. In September, Gebrselassie again broke the marathon world record at the Berlin race, running 2-03:59.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Sammy Wanjiru 21 Kenya KEN Gold 2-06:32 OB
2 Jaouad Gharib 36 Morocco MAR Silver 2-07:16
3 Tsegaye Kebede 21 Ethiopia ETH Bronze 2-10:00
4 Deriba Merga 25 Ethiopia ETH 2-10:21
5 Martin Lel 29 Kenya KEN 2-10:24
6 Viktor Röthlin 33 Switzerland SUI 2-10:35
7 Gashaw Asfaw 29 Ethiopia ETH 2-10:52
8 Yared Asmerom 28 Eritrea ERI 2-11:11
9 Dathan Ritzenhein 25 United States USA 2-11:59
10 Ryan Hall 25 United States USA 2-12:33
11 Mike Fokoroni 31 Zimbabwe ZIM 2-13:17
12 Stefano Baldini 37 Italy ITA 2-13:25
13 Tsuyoshi Ogata 35 Japan JPN 2-13:26
14 Georgy Andreyev 32 Russia RUS 2-13:33
15 Ruggero Pertile 33 Italy ITA 2-13:39
16 José Manuel Martínez 36 Spain ESP 2-14:00
17 Francis Kirwa 33 Finland FIN 2-14:22
18 Lee Myeong-Seung 28 South Korea KOR 2-14:37
19 Janne Holmén 30 Finland FIN 2-14:44
20 Abderrahim Goumri 32 Morocco MAR 2-15:00
21 Aleksey Sokolov 28 Russia RUS 2-15:57
22 Brian Sell 29 United States USA 2-16:07
23 Ottaviano Andriani 34 Italy ITA 2-16:10
24 Dan Robinson 33 Great Britain GBR 2-16:14
25 Deng Haiyang 23 China CHN 2-16:17
26 Abderrahhime Bouramdane 30 Morocco MAR 2-17:42
27 Vasyl Matviychuk 26 Ukraine UKR 2-17:50
28 Lee Bong-Ju 39 South Korea KOR 2-17:56
29 Oleg Kulkov 30 Russia RUS 2-18:11
30 Paulo Gomes 35 Portugal POR 2-18:15
31 Alex Malinga 34 Uganda UGA 2-18:26
32 Carlos Cordero 31 Mexico MEX 2-18:40
33 Ri Kum-Song 28 North Korea PRK 2-19:08
34 Henryk Szost 26 Poland POL 2-19:43
35 José Amado García 30 Guatemala GUA 2-20:15
36 Yonas Kifle 31 Eritrea ERI 2-20:23
37 Nasar Sakar Saeed 30 Bahrain BRN 2-20:24
38 José de Souza 37 Brazil BRA 2-20:25
39 Kamiel Maase 36 Netherlands NED 2-20:30
40 Pak Song-Chol 23 North Korea PRK 2-21:16
41 Iaroslav Musinschi 31 Moldova MDA 2-21:18
42 Kim Il-Nam 28 North Korea PRK 2-21:51
43 Juan Carlos Cardona 34 Colombia COL 2-21:57
44 Hendrick Ramaala 36 South Africa RSA 2-22:43
45 Arjun Kumar Basnet 32 Nepal NEP 2-23:09
46 Hélder Ornelas 34 Portugal POR 2-23:20
47 Procopio Franco 38 Mexico MEX 2-23:24
48 Nelson Cruz 30 Cape Verde CPV 2-23:47
49 Roberto Echeverría 32 Chile CHI 2-23:54
50 Kim I-Yong 34 South Korea KOR 2-23:57
51 Li Zhuhong 24 China CHN 2-24:08
52 Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od 26 Mongolia MGL 2-24:19
53 Norman Dlomo 33 South Africa RSA 2-24:28
54 Arkadiusz Sowa 29 Poland POL 2-24:48
55 Samson Ramadhani 25 Tanzania TAN 2-25:03
56 Ndabili Bashingili 28 Botswana BOT 2-25:11
57 Simon Munyutu 30 France FRA 2-25:50
58 Toni Bernadó 41 Andorra AND 2-26:29
59 Wu Wen-Chien 31 Chinese Taipei TPE 2-26:55
60 Lee Troop 35 Australia AUS 2-27:17
61 Constantino León 34 Peru PER 2-28:04
62 Goran Stojiljković 28 Montenegro MNE 2-28:14
63 Alfredo Arévalo 32 Guatemala GUA 2-28:26
64 Yousuf Othman Qader 23 Qatar QAT 2-28:40
65 Franklin Tenorio 39 Ecuador ECU 2-29:05
66 Francisco Bautista 35 Mexico MEX 2-29:28
67 Roman Kejžar 42 Slovenia SLO 2-29:37
68 Joachim Nshimirimana 35 Burundi BDI 2-29:55
69 Haile Satayin 53 Israel ISR 2-30:07
70 Takhir Mamashayev 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-30:26
71 Abdil Ceylan 25 Turkey TUR 2-31:43
72 José Ríos 34 Spain ESP 2-32:35
73 Hem Bunting 22 Cambodia CAM 2-33:32
74 Marcel Tschopp 34 Liechtenstein LIE 2-35:06
75 Pavel Loskutov 38 Estonia EST 2-39:01
76 Atsushi Sato 30 Japan JPN 2-41:08
AC Tesfayohannes Mesfin 33 Eritrea ERI DNF
AC Julio Rey 36 Spain ESP DNF
AC Martin Fagan 25 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Riyadh Al-Mustafa 33 Bahrain BRN DNF
AC Ali Mabrouk El-Zaidi 34 Libya LBA DNF
AC Marílson dos Santos 31 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Luke Kibet 35 Kenya KEN DNF
AC Abdelhak Zakaria 34 Bahrain BRN DNF
AC Luis Fonseca 31 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Oleksandr Kuzin 33 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Franck Caldeira 25 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Andrey Gordeyev 34 Belarus BLR DNF
AC João N'Tyamba 40 Angola ANG DNF
AC Moses Mosuhli 27 Lesotho LES DNF
AC Getuli Bayo 28 Tanzania TAN DNF
AC Mubarak Shami 27 Qatar QAT DNF
AC Simon Maine 33 Lesotho LES DNF
AC Clement Lebopo 33 Lesotho LES DNF
AC Oleksandr Sitkovskiy 30 Ukraine UKR DNF