With unmatched energy in mile 19, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya broke the pack and ran solo the rest of the way to repeat his second time win as Olympic marathon champion.
He finished the race in 2:08:38, with a second half of 1:03:35 as World record holder. Since 1972 his winning margin of 1:20 is the biggest after Frank Shorter won the 1972 Olympic marathon.
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Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands (2:09:58) scooped the silver medal, while Bashir Abdi of Belgium (2:10:00) goes home bronze medal.
Galen Rupp,The 2016 bronze medalist Galen Rupp, was the top American, finishing eighth in 2:11: 10 While other Americans, Jake Riley (2:16:26) and Abdi Abdirahman (2:18:27), placed 29th and 41st, respectively. Abdirahman 44 Years old, was the oldest man in the field Running in his fifth Olympics.
Kipchoge covered the stretch between 30K and 35K in 14:28, 30 seconds more faster than any previous 5K split. When he went to the front for good, gradually but undeniably, the 10-man lead pack splintered immediately.
Kipchoge increased the leading gap gradually in 3, then 5, then 7 seconds, and the gap continued to increase over the remaining 11 kilometers of the race.
“I wanted to create a [gap] to show the world that this is a beautiful race,” Kipchoge commented on about his definitive move. “I wanted to test my fitness, I wanted to test how I’m feeling. I wanted to show that we have hope in the future.”