|Dates:|| Sun Aug 5 (Women)|
and Sun Aug 12 (Men)
|Venue:||Starts and Finishes at The Mall|
|Gold Medals Awarded:||2 (1 men, 1 women)|
|Winner:|| Men: Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda)|
Women: Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia)
- Marathon Women - Sunday, August 5
- Marathon Men - Sunday, August 12
The course started and finished on The Mall in central London. Runners completed one short circuit of 2.219 miles around part of the City of Westminster and then three longer circuits of 8 miles around Westminster, the Victoria Embankment and the City of London. The course was designed to pass many of London's best known landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the Bank of England, Leadenhall Market, the Monument, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.
Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda won the gold medal — the country's only medal at the 2012 Games. Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang, both from Kenya, took silver and bronze respectively. Twenty athletes did not finish the race, which took place on a warm and sunny day.
The race started off slowly, as most championship races do. In the first five miles, Franck de Almeida broke away on two separate occasions, only to get swallowed up by the pack. Between 10K and 12K, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich moved to the front in a more serious breakaway. The large pack broke up into a small chase pack of 8, primarily East African runners. With a fast mile 7, Kipsang Kiprotich opened up a gap of about 15 seconds, which lasted for the next 10 miles but never increased significantly. The chase group shrunk to Abel Kirui and Stephen Kiprotich (a Ugandan not related to Kipsang Kiprotich), with Ayele Abshero just behind. While Abshero did not gain contact, the other three formed a lead pack. The two Kenyan teammates ran together, with the Ugandan trailing slightly. By 35K, the group of three had over a minute gap on the next competitor, Marilson dos Santos. At the 22 mile marker, Kiprotich touched his leg as if he were struggling and he seemed to fall back a few seconds. At the 23 mile marker, Kiprotich moved past the two Kenyans. His next mile was 4:42, opening up a 17 second gap on Kirui, with Kipsang Kiprotich falling back. Kiprotich extended his lead by 9 seconds and picked up a Ugandan flag before crossing the finish line.
As is customary, the men's marathon medals were presented as part of the Closing Ceremony, which took place later that day, in the Olympic Stadium - the last medal presentation of the Games.
All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)
|Sunday, 12 August 2012||11:00||Final|