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• Kipchoge wins Olympic Marathon gold in Rio

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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge became the Olympic marathon champion in Rio on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Kipchoge clocked 2:08.44 to win his first Olympic gold medal nearly 2 minutes ahead of silver medal winner  Ethiopia's Feyisa Lelisa who clocked 2:09.54.  American Galen Rupp, the 2012 Olympics 10000m silver medalist, claimed bronze with a new personal best time of  2:10:05.  

At the 2004 Athens Olympics Kipchoge won his first Olympic medal by taking bronze in the 5000m. Four years later in Beijing he competed again in 5000m and  took silver, while today in Rio he finally won an Olympic gold in marathon. He became the second Kenyan to win the men's Olympic marathon gold.  Kipchoge holds a personal best of 2:03.05 which is the second fastest marathon time in history behind his compatriot Dennis Kimetto who clocked  2:02:57 two years ago in Berlin.



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