Men's Olympic Marathon 2012: Result, Stephen Kiprotich Wins Men's Marathon

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIAugust 12, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda celebrates as he approaches the line to win gold in the Men's Marathon on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall on August 12, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Stu Forster/Getty Images

Stephen Kiprotich clinched the gold medal in the men's marathon at the 2012 London Olympics—winning in a time of 2:08.01.

The Ugandan athlete won ahead of Keynan runners Abel Kirui and Wilson Kiprotich—winning by almost 200-meters after blowing the competition away in the final ten kilometers of the race.

The 23-year-old won his first Olympic title with the victory in the event, having sat behind the Keynan pace before pulling away to victory. The competition had no answer to the Ugandan's kick and, at such a young age, no doubt has a bright future ahead of him in the sport.

With a best time of 2:07.20 in the marathon (per IAAF.org), Kiprotich is still a long way off the world record and some of his competitors best times—and could definitely shave some significant time off his personal best throughout the next few years.

A former cross champion, the 23-year-old showed his attacking prowess and incredible strength—taking on a strong field and emerging as the victor.

He deserves every spoil that comes his way as the Olympic champion, and we could well be hearing his name in the future. 

Stephen Kiprotich—write it down.

The 2012 Olympic marathon champion.

 

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