A Multitude Of Olympic Marathon Stories

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 15, 2012
  • Updated Aug. 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM UTC

The were tears of joy and sadness amongst the 105 competitors.

As soon as Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich crossed the finish line at the Olympic Marathon in London last week, thousands of people not there were rushing to their computers to Google just who this obscure runner was.

After all, he wasn’t really considered a pre-race favorite–someone to defeat the likes of the great Wilson Kipsang or Abel Kirui.

“He came to us four years ago, and we know that training in Uganda is very difficult so we directed him to coach Patrick Sang’s group in Kapsabet,” said Dutch manager Jos Hermens. “He’s in a good group, and he’s beating those guys. But I did not expect him to be Olympic champion. To be honest, I was betting on [silver medalist] Abel Kirui.”

“I was not known. Now I am known,” Kiprotich said. “Determination matters. I’m happy.”
On the other side of the field, American Ryan Hall did not experience the race like Kiprotich did. Hall dropped out just 9 miles in, citing a hamstring strain.
For More: Miami Herald

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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