This time, everything was perfect. This time, no one could get close to Eliud Kipchoge, much less attempt to prize the ultimate goal from his grasp.
Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his status as the most commanding marathon runner of the current generation when he produced a superb run over the final 15 kilometres to fulfil his status as many people’s favourite for the gold medal by winning in 2:08:44.
Distance runners Abbey D’Agostino from USA and Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand received Fair Play awards from the The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), with the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), on Saturday (20).
The last day of in-stadium athletics competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games provided a short programme but intense action which included a surprise 1500m winner and a double title defence.
The USA regained the men’s 4x400m crown from The Bahamas in the first ever long relay in history in which six teams dipped below three minutes.
The women’s 4x400m at most recent major championships has come down to a USA vs Jamaica duel, and tonight’s final was no different.
Thomas Rohler bounced back from the back problems which left him down in fifth place at the European Championships last month and turned continental disappointment into a global gold with his fifth-round effort of 90.30m.
The men’s 1500m final was one for the ages, although not in the way you might expect. The gold medal was won in a time of 3:50.00, the slowest time since 1932, and the last time there was a US winner at this distance in the Olympics was back in 1908.
Patience proved a virtue for Ruth Beitia, who became the oldest ever jumps champion in Olympic history as a flawless record up to and including 1.97m secured Spanish gold for the 37-year-old.
Caster Semenya dismantled the field in clinical fashion, fulfilling her role as prohibitive pre-race favourite, to clinch a history-making first women’s Olympic track gold for South Africa.
Mo Farah completed his second consecutive Olympic double by successfully defending his 5000m gold on Saturday, winning in 13:03.30.