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Day 10 of 2008 Olympics Athletics (24th August)
  • August 24th, 2008

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It has been an eventful ten days leading to this penultimate last event of athletics. It started on the 15th of August and ends today morning with the Men’s Marathon Final. The men’s marathon didn’t disappoint us indeed as the race which was flagged off early this morning which saw some surprises and a new record

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Due to the sweltering Beijing weather, only 77 out of the total 98 marathoner managed to complete the event. 19 runners did not finish while 3 didn’t make it to the start. But there can only be one winner

Samuel Wanjiru became the first Kenyan to win an Olympic marathon and he did it in a new Olympic time of 2:06:32. Some 45 seconds away was Moroccan Jaouad Gharib in a time of 2:07:16 and an Ethiopia, Tsegay Kebede completed the podium finish for bronze in a time of 2:10:00

For the 21 year old Kenyan it was his first marathon win, and surprisingly third marathon participation. His last top finish was the Fukuoka International Marathon in Japan last December and he was also the runner-up at the London Marathon in April. But it was the gold won here that will probably top his running career. Wanjiru showed promise in the event when he set the world half-marathon record at the age of 18 years old. That feat was repeated again twice last year

Jaouad Gharib of Morocco who was the two time world champion had to settle for silver and this year’s winner of the Paris Marathon Ethiopian Tsegay Kebede was left in the wake of Wanjiru move in the last few miles of the race. Bronze performance was all he could muster

Today’s Results – Sunday:(24/8) [1 medal]

07:30 Men Marathon Final

  1. WANSIRU Samuel Kamau Kenya 2:06:32 OR
  2. GHARIB Jaouad Morocco 2:07:16
  3. KEBEDE Tsegay Ethiopia 2:10:00
  4. MERGA Deriba Ethiopia 2:10:21
  5. LEL Martin Kenya 2:10:24
  6. ROTHLIN Viktor Switzerland 2:10:35
  7. ASFAW Gashaw Ethiopia 2:10:52
  8. ASMEROM Yared Eritrea 2:11:11
  9. RITZENHEIN Dathan United States 2:11:59
  10. HALL Ryan United States 2:12:33
  11. FOKORONI Mike Zimbabwe 2:13:17 PB
  12. BALDINI Stefano Italy 2:13:25
  13. OGATA Tsuyoshi Japan 2:13:26 SB
  14. ANDREEV Grigoriy Russian Fed. 2:13:33
  15. PERTILE Ruggero Italy 2:13:39
  16. MARTINEZ Jose Manuel Spain 2:14:00
  17. KIRWA Francis Finland 2:14:22
  18. LEE Myongseung Korea 2:14:37
  19. HOLMEN Janne Finland 2:14:44
  20. GOUMRI Abderrahim Morocco 2:15:00
  21. SOKOLOV Alexey Russian Fed. 2:15:57
  22. SELL Brian United States 2:16:07
  23. ANDRIANI Ottaviano Italy 2:16:10
  24. ROBINSON Dan Great Britain 2:16:14
  25. DENG Haiyang China 2:16:17
  26. BOURAMDANE Abderrahime Morocco 2:17:42
  27. MATVIYCHUK Vasyl Ukraine 2:17:50
  28. LEE Bongju Korea 2:17:56
  29. KULKOV Oleg Russian Fed. 2:18:11
  30. GOMES Paulo Portugal 2:18:15
  31. MALINGA Alex Uganda 2:18:26
  32. CORDERO Carlos Mexico 2:18:40
  33. RI Kum Song DPR Korea 2:19:08
  34. SZOST Henryk Poland 2:19:43
  35. GARCIA Jose Amado Guatemala 2:20:15
  36. KIFLE Yonas Eritrea 2:20:23
  37. SAEED Nasar Sakar Bahrain 2:20:24
  38. de SOUSA Jose Brazil 2:20:25
  39. MAASE Kamiel Netherlands 2:20:30
  40. PAK Song Chol DPR Korea 2:21:16
  41. MUSINSCHI Iaroslav Rep. of Moldova 2:21:18
  42. KIM Il Nam DPR Korea 2:21:51
  43. CARDONA Juan Carlos Colombia 2:21:57
  44. RAMAALA Hendrick South Africa 2:22:43
  45. BASNET Arjun Nepal 2:23:09 PB
  46. ORNELAS Helder Portugal 2:23:20
  47. FRANCO Procopio Mexico 2:23:24
  48. CRUZ Nelson Cape Verde 2:23:47
  49. ECHEVERRIA Roberto Chile 2:23:54
  50. KIM Yiyong Korea 2:23:57
  51. LI Zhuhong China 2:24:08
  52. BAT-OCHIR Ser-Od Mongolia 2:24:19
  53. DLOMO Norman South Africa 2:24:28
  54. SOWA Arkadiusz Poland 2:24:48
  55. RAMADHANI Samson UR Tanzania 2:25:03
  56. BASHINGILI Ndabili Botswana 2:25:11
  57. MUNYUTU Simon France 2:25:50
  58. BERNADO Antoni Andorra 2:26:29
  59. WU Wen-Chien Chinese Taipei 2:26:55
  60. TROOP Lee Australia 2:27:17
  61. LEON Constantino Peru 2:28:04
  62. STOJILJKOVIC Goran Montenegro 2:28:14
  63. AREVALO Alfredo Guatemala 2:28:26
  64. QADER Yousf Othman Qatar 2:28:40
  65. TENORIO Franklin Ecuador 2:29:05
  66. BAUTISTA Francisco Mexico 2:29:28
  67. KEJZAR Roman Slovenia 2:29:37
  68. NSHIMIRIMANA Joachim Burundi 2:29:55
  69. AYELE Seteng Israel 2:30:07
  70. MAMASHAYEV Takhir Kazakhstan 2:30:26
  71. CEYLAN Abdil Turkey 2:31:43
  72. RIOS Jose Spain 2:32:35
  73. HEM Bunting Cambodia 2:33:32
  74. TSCHOPP Marcel Liechtenstein 2:35:06
  75. LOSKUTOV Pavel Estonia 2:39:01
  76. SATO Atsushi Japan 2:41:08
  77. MESFN Tesfayohannes Eritrea DNF
  78. REY Julio Spain DNF
  79. FAGAN Martin Ireland DNF
  80. RIYADH Al Mustapha Bahrain DNF
  81. EL ZAIDI Ali Libyan AJ DNF
  82. dos SANTOS Marilson Brazil DNF
  83. KIBET Luke Kenya DNF
  84. ZAKARIA Abdulhak Bahrain DNF
  85. FONSECA Luis Venezuela DNF
  86. KUZIN Olexandr Ukraine DNF
  87. de ALMEIDA Franck Brazil DNF
  88. GORDEEV Andrei Belarus DNF
  89. NTYAMBA Joao Angola DNF
  90. MOSUHLI Moses Moeketsi Lesotho DNF
  91. BAYO Getuli UR Tanzania DNF
  92. SHAMI Mubarak Hassan Qatar DNF
  93. MAINE Simon Tsotang Lesotho DNF
  94. LEBOPO Clement Mabuthile Lesotho DNF
  95. SITKOVSKYY Oleksandr Ukraine DNF
  96. MUSENDUKI Mohamed Ikoki UR Tanzania DNS
  97. OSAKI Satoshi Japan DNS
  98. SOARES Augusto Timor-Leste DNS

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