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PEKING (Reuters) - Samuel Wanjiru is Sunday in Beijing Olympic marathon champion on the become. The only 21-year-old Kenyan ran the classic distance of 42 kilometers and 195 meters in 2.06.32, the best time ever in an Olympic marathon.


The silver was for the Moroccan Jaouad Gharib, world champion in 2003 and 2005. The bronze went to the Ethiopian Tsegay Kebede, who in the last 400 meters are depleted countryman Deriba Merga outdated and passed.

Wanjiru has a great reputation in the Dutch world over. The Kenyan ran the last few years at the world half-marathon in Rotterdam and Den Haag.


The Dutchman Kamiel Maase came in his last major marathon as 39th on the mark. The Dutch record holder finished in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 30 seconds.

Maase was the last Dutchman at the Olympic Games in Beijing to take action. Netherlands took sixteen medals in the Games over, seven gold, five silver and four bronze.

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