2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's marathon
|Men's marathon |
at the 2015 World Championships
Victorious Ghirmay Ghebreslassie
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Competitors||67 from 38 nations|
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. 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.
Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:
|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|
|22 August 2015||07:35||Final|
All times are local times (UTC+8)
The race was started at 07:35.
|KEY:||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
- "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 10 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- Start list
- "REPORT: MEN'S MARATHON – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEIJING 2015". iaaf.org. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Records & Lists – Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2012, retrieved 18 August 2015
- Final results