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Men's Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge Wins, Galen Rupp Gets Bronze

Men's Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge Wins, Galen Rupp Gets Bronze

Kenya's phenomenal Eliud Kipchoge stormed to a runaway marathon win and the U.S. basketball stars celebrated gold as a police raid clouded the final day of the Rio Olympics on Sunday. He won by more than a full minute.

This was his seventh victory in eight career marathons - and his sweetest triumph of all.

The marathon began and finished at the Sambödromo, where every year Rio de Janeiro's samba schools parade in the city's world-famous Carnival.

The other Japanese runner in the race, comedian Hiroshi Neko, finished second to last. The Kenyan upped the pace around the 30km mark, starting with a group of a dozen runners about him who slowly dropped away one by one until he ran the final kilometres alone. That last mile separated him from everyone and effectively ended the race.

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia took second spot in 2:09:54 and Galen Rupp of the United States won the bronze in 2:10:05, his personal best in only his second marathon, having switched from the 10,000 meters.

Rupp is the first USA runner to medal in the men's marathon since Meb Keflezighi in Athens in 2004. He had finished fifth in the 10,000 metres in Rio after winning a silver medal in the event at the 2012 London Olympics. Another American had an outstanding finish: Jared Ward in sixth (2:11:30). Keflezighi had stomach trouble and had to stop seven times but refused to quit.

"You've got an Irish shirt on, you've got to do everything you can to get over the finish line".

Mo Farah of Great Britain completed a historic double-double.

It was a well-paced and consistent run from the 30-year-old, who raised his arm in celebration after crossing the line in a time of two hours, 16 minutes and 24 seconds. Lasse Viren of Finland accomplished that feat in 1972 and 1976.

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But Shorter had to run two heats of the 10,000 before winning the marathon that helped launched America's running boom.

The final event of the Rio 2016 Olympics programme started under a slight drizzle with the Kenyans opting to wear hats with bills to keep their vision clear as they battled their East African neighbours Ethiopia and Eritrea who also fielded strong teams.

"This is the best medal that I've had in my life", Kipchoge said. Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui took the bronze medal.

But Kipchoge stole the show on Sunday. He never finished higher than 14th at the NCAA cross country championships but won the USA Marathon Championships in 2015.

Kipchoge has spoken about his desire to claim that record for himself, so he may target London again next year, or possibly one of the fast fall marathons this year, in Berlin or Chicago.

The men's Olympic marathon is underway in damp conditions on the streets of downtown Rio.

"I can say that this was my best marathon in history as I won the gold medal", said Kipchoge.

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