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Kenya wins gold in men's marathon

2008-08-24 01:40:48 GMT2008-08-24 09:40:48 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Kenya's Samuel Kamau Wansiru crosses the finish line during men's marathon final at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 24, 2008. Samuel Kamau Wansiru won the title. (Xinhua Photo)

Kenya's Samuel Kamau Wansiru crosses the finish line during men's marathon final at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 24, 2008. Samuel Kamau Wansiru won the title. (Xinhua Photo/Guo Dayue)

Kenya's Samuel Kamau Wansiru competes during men's marathon final at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 24, 2008. Samuel Kamau Wansiru won the title.(Xinhua Photo/Guo Dayue)

Kenya's Samuel Kamau Wansiru reacts after crossing the finish line during men's marathon final at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 24, 2008. Samuel Kamau Wansiru won the title.(Xinhua Photo/Guo Dayue)

BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Samuel Kamau Wansiru won the men's marathon, the final event of the Beijing Games track and field sports, with a perfect performance at the long-distance running here on Sunday.

After dominated the distance running in the Bird's Nest, the 21-year-old Kenyan won the race for African in a time of two hours six minutes and 32 seconds, breaking the Olympic record set by Carlos Lopes of Portugal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles by two minutes 49 seconds.

Jaouad Gharib of Morocco finished second, also broke the previous Olympic record, in a time of two hours seven minutes and 16 seconds, while Tsegay Kebede of Ethiopia won the bronze in 2:10:00.

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