2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the 2015 World Championships
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (3) Beijing 2015.jpg
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates22 August
Competitors67 from 38 nations
Winning time2:12:27
Medalists
gold medal    Eritrea
silver medal    Ethiopia
bronze medal    Uganda
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The men's marathon at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Beijing National Stadium on 22 August.[1][2]

The name Gebrselassie is familiar in running circles, but this race was won by Haile's sound alike Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from a different country, neighboring Eritrea. Not only was he the youngest winner of a World Championship marathon, he was the first gold medalist for his country ever.

The early leader was Ser-Od Bat-Ochir, then Daniele Meucci and Ruggero Pertile getting camera time to the half way mark while the favorites including defending champion Stephen Kiprotich stayed slightly off the pace. Ghebreslassie marked the more experienced runners. Tsepo Ramonene made a breakaway at 25 km opening up a 30-second lead. As he watched two Kenyans drop out and other favorites struggle, Ghebreslassie decided to set loose at 34 km. Over the next couple of kilometers, he made up the gap and passed Ramonene with authority. But a couple of kilometers later Yemane Tsegay passed Ghebreslassie. Tsegay's lead only lasted two minutes until Ghebreslassie took the lead for good. Over the final kilometers, he extended his lead to 40 seconds. Running relaxed and fast like an exuberant teenager, he was handed an Eritrean flag as he entered the stadium.[3] He held his flag but kept on running past the finish line until officials were able to tell him he was done. “I’ve never finished in a stadium before.” Behind him, in comparison, Tsegay, Solomon Mutai and the other runners finished looking as if they had just finished a marathon.[4]

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:[5]

World record  Dennis Kipruto Kimetto (KEN) 2:02:57 Berlin, Germany 28 September 2014
Championship record  Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:06:54 Berlin, Germany 22 August 2009
World Leading  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:04:42 London, Great Britain 26 April 2015
African Record  Dennis Kipruto Kimetto (KEN) 2:02:57 Berlin, Germany 28 September 2014
Asian Record  Toshinari Takaoka (JPN) 2:06:16 Chicago, United States 13 October 2002
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Khalid Khannouchi (USA) 2:05:38 London, Great Britain 14 April 2002
South American Record  Ronaldo da Costa (BRA) 2:06:05 Berlin, Germany 20 September 1998
European Record  Benoit Zwierzchiewski (FRA) 2:06:36 Paris, France 6 April 2003
Oceanian record  Robert de Castella (AUS) 2:07:51 Boston, United States 21 April 1986

Qualification standards[edit]

Time[6]
2:18:00

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
22 August 2015 07:35 Final

All times are local times (UTC+8)

Results[edit]

The race was started at 07:35.[7]

KEY: NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Ghirmay Ghebreslassie  Eritrea (ERI) 2:12:27
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yemane Tsegay  Ethiopia (ETH) 2:13:07 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Solomon Mutai  Uganda (UGA) 2:13:29
4 Ruggero Pertile  Italy (ITA) 2:14:22 SB
5 Shumi Dechasa  Bahrain (BHR) 2:14:35
6 Stephen Kiprotich  Uganda (UGA) 2:14:42
7 Lelisa Desisa  Ethiopia (ETH) 2:14:53
8 Daniele Meucci  Italy (ITA) 2:14:53
9 Amanuel Mesel  Eritrea (ERI) 2:15:06
10 Jackson Kiprop  Uganda (UGA) 2:15:15
11 Pak Chol  North Korea (PRK) 2:15:44 SB
12 Alphonce Felix Simbu  Tanzania (TAN) 2:16:58
13 Javier Guerra  Spain (ESP) 2:17:00
14 Tsepo Mathibelle  Lesotho (LES) 2:17:17 SB
15 Berhanu Lemi  Ethiopia (ETH) 2:17:37
16 Abdelhadi El Hachimi  Belgium (BEL) 2:17:41
17 Aleksey Reunkov  Russia (RUS) 2:18:12
18 Solonei da Silva  Brazil (BRA) 2:19:20
19 Tadesse Abraham  Switzerland (SUI) 2:19:25
20 Roman Fosti  Estonia (EST) 2:20:35
21 Masakazu Fujiwara  Japan (JPN) 2:21:06 SB
22 Mark Korir  Kenya (KEN) 2:21:20
23 Cuthbert Nyasango  Zimbabwe (ZIM) 2:22:15 SB
24 Xu Wang  China (CHN) 2:23:08
25 Ian Burrell  United States (USA) 2:23:17 SB
26 Pierre-Célestin Nihorimbere  Burundi (BDI) 2:23:29
27 Ezekiel Jafary  Tanzania (TAN) 2:23:43 SB
28 Scott Smith  United States (USA) 2:23:53 SB
29 Anuradha Cooray  Sri Lanka (SRI) 2:25:04
30 Cephas Pasipamiri  Zimbabwe (ZIM) 2:25:05 SB
31 Roman Prodius  Moldova (MDA) 2:26:46
32 Edwin Kipchirchir Kemboi  Austria (AUT) 2:28:06
33 Ho Chin-ping  Chinese Taipei (TPE) 2:28:14
34 Guan Siyang  China (CHN) 2:30:17
35 Henri Manninen  Finland (FIN) 2:30:22 SB
36 David Nilsson  Sweden (SWE) 2:31:24
37 Gilbert Mutandiro  Zimbabwe (ZIM) 2:31:35
38 Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od  Mongolia (MGL) 2:32:09
39 Noh Si-hwan  South Korea (KOR) 2:32:35
40 Kazuhiro Maeda  Japan (JPN) 2:32:49
41 Desmond Mokgobu  South Africa (RSA) 2:34:11
42 Fabiano Joseph Naasi  Tanzania (TAN) 2:35:27 SB
Wissem Hosni  Tunisia (TUN) DNF
Bekir Karayel  Turkey (TUR) DNF
Abraham Kiplimo  Uganda (UGA) DNF
Edmilson Santana  Brazil (BRA) DNF
Ivan Babaryka  Ukraine (UKR) DNF
Oleksandr Babarynka  Ukraine (UKR) DNF
Jeffrey Eggleston  United States (USA) DNF
Sibusiso Nzima  South Africa (RSA) DNF
Gilberto Lopes  Brazil (BRA) DNF
Muhan Hasi  China (CHN) DNF
Richer Pérez  Cuba (CUB) DNF
Beraki Beyene  Eritrea (ERI) DNF
Carles Castillejo  Spain (ESP) DNF
Mihail Krassilov  Kazakhstan (KAZ) DNF
Yu Seung-yeop  South Korea (KOR) DNF
Dennis Kipruto Kimetto  Kenya (KEN) DNF
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich  Kenya (KEN) DNF
Mohammad Jafar Moradi  Iran (IRI) DNF
Aadam Ismaeel Khamis  Bahrain (BHR) DNF
Hasan Mahboob  Bahrain (BHR) DNF
Adil Annani  Morocco (MAR) DNF
Rachid Kisri  Morocco (MAR) DNF
Abel Villanueva  Peru (PER) DNF
Marius Ionescu  Romania (ROM) DNF
Thabiso Benedict Moeng  South Africa (RSA) DNF
Guor Marial  South Sudan (SSD) DNS

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 10 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ Start list
  3. ^ "REPORT: MEN'S MARATHON – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEIJING 2015". iaaf.org. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ http://running.competitor.com/2015/08/news/eritreas-ghirmay-ghebreslassie-wins-world-championships-mens-marathon_134038#qjh8E7JwqVkqlzVT.99
  5. ^ "Records & Lists – Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  6. ^ IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2012, retrieved 18 August 2015
  7. ^ Final results