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Fri Apr 18 22:48:22 SAST 2014

Ugandan Kiprotich wins men’s Olympic marathon

John Mehaffey, Reuters | 12 August, 2012 14:270 Comments
Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's marathon in the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall August 12, 2012
Image by: Mark Blinch / REUTERS

Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich shot to the front with six kms remaining to win the men’s Olympic marathon on Sunday in two hours eight minutes 11 seconds.

It was his country’s first medal of the Games and came in the final event of the athletics programme.

Twice world gold medallist Abel Kirui was second ahead of compatriot and London marathon champion Wilson Kipsang.

Kipsang made an early break, splitting the field and passing through the halfway stage in 63 minutes 15 seconds. He was gradually reeled in and joined by Kiprotich and Kirui by the 30-km point in a three-man race for the gold.

The race, past some of London’s most notable landmarks, started and finished in the Mall near Buckingham Palace. It comprised one short and three longer circuits through the heart of the capital.

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