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Wanjiru and Gharib break OR in Men's Marathon

Updated: 2008-08-24 10:57:50
Wansiru and Gharib breaks OR in Men's Marathon
Wanjiru of Kenya crosses the finish line to win Marathon. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(BEIJING, August 24) -- Samuel Kamau Wanjiru of Kenya set a new Olympic record of two hours and 6.32 minutes in the Men's Marathon to claim gold this morning, August 24.

Wanjiru smashed the previous record of two hours and 9:21 minutes set by Carlos Lopes of Portugal in the 1984 Olympics.

Samuel Wanjiru now becomes the first male runner from Kenya to win gold in this event.

"My plan was to push the limits, push my body. Now I am very happy with my pace," he said after the race.

"It feels good to make history here. It feels good to make history for Kenya and win the gold." he added.

Jaouad Gharib from Morocco also broke the previous Olympic record to take silver in two hours and 7.16 minutes.

"It was a hard race because of the heat, but my time was very good considering the conditions. I managed to do it," Gharib said, happy with his achievement.

Tsegay Kebede from Ethiopia crossed the finish line in 2 hours and 10 minutes to claim the bronze.

"Finally I overtook Deriba Merga (Ethiopian, fourth in the race) by several meters, I felt very happy, because I didn't expect that," Kebede said excitedly.

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