Eritrea's Ghirmay Ghebreslassie. Photo Credie: IAAF Eritrea's Ghirmay Ghebreslassie. Photo Credie: IAAF

Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie finishes 4th in olympic men’s marathon

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the gold medal in the men’s olympic marathon in Rio, finishing (2:08:44).

IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 gold medalist, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (Eritrea), finished fourth place (2:11:04) behind Ethiopia’s Lelisa (2:09:54) at second place and America’s Rupp (2:10:05) third place.

Ghirmay was in front of a big leading group at the 10km checkpoint, but could not keep up the pace against a strong field to take home a medal.

The Eritrean was among the top favorites to win Olympic gold in the men’s marathon in Rio.

AFP wrote prior to the race; “He can also become just the second medallist from Eritrea — their only other medal was a bronze for Zersenay Tadese in the men’s 10,000m at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.”

Eliud Kipchoge had the biggest Olympic winning margin since Frank Shorter won in 1972; he has now won seven of his eight marathons since his debut at the 2013 Hamburg Marathon, all of them high class races, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations.

By Editorial Team

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