Men's Olympic Marathon

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Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
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Boston MA 02116
13 AUG 2012
Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda beats world class field and wins Olympic gold medal in London

What an upset for Kenyan marathon running! After a disappointing showing of the Kenyan middle and long distance men on the track at the London Olympics the marathoners were  aiming to make up for the disappointment on the last day of the Games but failed. Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda is the London Olympic marathon champion (2:08:01), beating Abel Kirui (2:08:27) and Wilson Kipsang (2:09:37) of Kenya who won silver and bronze.

It was Kipsang the Kenyan, fastest runner in the field with his PB of 2:04:42 (Frankfurt 2011), who set off early in the race and held a 13 second lead until being caught by his countryman Abel Kirui and Stephen Kiprotich around the 25 km mark. Surprisingly it was the runner from Uganda who took off with about 5 km to go, and the Kenyan contenders were unable to close the gap. It was the second Olympic gold medal for Uganda after John Akii-Bua won the 400 m hurdles in Munich in 1972. Kiprotich came to London with a PB of 2:07:20 which he ran at the Enschede marathon in the Netherlands in 2011. He was 3rd in the Tokyo Marathon in February 2012 (2:07:50).

In winning the Olympic marathon Stephen Kiprotich scored his first WMM points (25). Silver medalist Abel Kirui now now joins a four-way tie for second in the 2011-2012 series, all with 40 points (the others: Wesley Korir, Moses Mosop, Emmanuel Mutai, all from Kenya). Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya still holds the lead with 50 before his start at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 30th. The three remaining autumn races will decide the 2011-2012 WMM series.

Wilson Kipsang takes the early lead in the 2012-2013 series with 35 points, the first male to score twice this year.

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B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.