BBC One: Day 16: 10.50-13.20 Olympics


BBC One: Day 16: 10.50-13.20

Matt Baker and Tanni Grey-Thompson present coverage of the men's marathon, which begins at 11.00am. With commentary by Steve Cram and Brendan Foster.


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Good morning and welcome to the final straight of the London 2012

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Games. The morning after Tom's reverse triple, Mo's historic

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double, and Usain's double triple. As far as the athletes pushing

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themselves today are concered, it's a marathon not a sprint. Mind you,

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judging by the calibre of some of these lads, they won't be hanging

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around. Put Kenyans are so strong, they could leave the world record

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holder at home. Could Team GB have a golden ending to the 2012 Games?

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World champion Mhairi Spence and Samantha Murray have a tough day in

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the Modern Pentathlon. We'll keep you up to date with their progress

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throughout the day. We have an afternoon of boxing finals for you.

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Fred Evans is in the final of the Welterweight competition at 2.15pm.

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And an hour later, Anthony Joshua takes on defending champion Roberto

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Can you believe it? In around 12 hours time, that beautiful flame

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will be extinguished and the Games will be brought to a close. We'll

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be looking back at a wonderful 16 days at 7:30pm, ahead of the

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closing ceremony which begins at 9pm. Before that, the Olympic

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marathon today returns to the streets that set its distance, in

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1908, at the first London Games. The marathon started at Windsor

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Castle and ran past the royal box in the stadium, a distance of 26

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miles and 385 years. -- yards. So who do you look out for? Well, in

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the run up to these Games, 278 kenyan men clocked the A time for

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qualification. Absolutely incredible. Tanni Grey Thompson is

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at The Mall to give us an idea of the three athletes are a made it

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out of that extraordinary statistic. The the absolutely amazing, isn't

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it? The three guys who have made it reckon at the Olympic record at

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least will go today. It shows the strength but the world record

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holder, who has run up by 206, was left behind. How devastated would

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you be as a world record holder, still in very good form but you

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don't make the team at? Do you think a world record will go today

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because the marathon runners are on form? We've seen three of the

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fastest times in the world last year. At the weather is very good

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for the African runners. It's quite warm although the sun keeps

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disappearing and we get a bit of shade. We have rain predicted at

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1pm which is hard to see at the moment. But, by then, the hard work

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will be done. A cooling temperatures won't help some of the

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guys who preferred to run in cooler conditions. That might be

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refreshing for them after that bit of running the but what about the

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terrain? Is it well suited to the African Nations? It's very

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different from the big city marathons the athletes are used to

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running. It's a four eight-mile it looks. It's good for the athletes

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to be aborted test each other out. It's generally quite flat. On big

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city marathons which go through the streets, it's much harder to pick

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out people's strengths and weaknesses and I think we could see

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a race where the real action happens in the second half while

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everybody is watching what they are doing. OK, we will be back with you

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shortly. Well. Team GB has two runners today. Lee Merrian and

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Scott Overall. Scott was the only athlete to make the A time for

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Great Britain. And finished fifth on this marathon debut last year in

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Berlin. He was even an usher at Mo Farah's wedding. Here are his

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thoughts on the big day. It's the pinnacle of our sport. When you

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start running you may not immediately aspire to be in the

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then picks but, as time progresses, and you continue to improve, it

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becomes a reality and you start thinking about it. For me, but last

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four years since Beijing, I've tried for the 5,000 metres in

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Beijing and was seven seconds off the qualifying time, so now we have

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switched it around a little bit and it has paid off.

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COMMENTATOR: What a great run of four Scott Overall. I have got to

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make sure I don't get carried away early on in the race. The crowds

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must not make me go off too fast, I need to keep it under control,

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impress the crowds, but to be honest, I'm not thinking about a

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time. It's a championship race and position is more important than

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time. The course is not the fastest in the world. It will be a tactical

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race. I don't think the time it will be too important but, for me,

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a top 10 finish is what I want. I'm going to be working towards that

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and if I have to run a British record to get that, that will be

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nice, as well. It's not just the weather which is glorious force at

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The Mall is the most fantastic start to this men's marathon, so we

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will go straight over to Brendan Foster and Steve Cram who will talk

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final athletic event of these Olympic Games. It's been a

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fantastic couple of weeks and I hope we are going to finish off

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with a cracking marathon here. The Annika Schleu is looking absolutely

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glorious in the sunshine this morning. -- The Mall is looking

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absolutely glorious in the sunshine this morning. We might just get a

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little splash of rain up later on. This man here Wilson Kipsang

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Kiprotich one at the London Marathon this year and will be

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hoping to repeat that. From Ethiopia, Ayele Abshero, one of the

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strongest competitors. They are not necessarily picking up the

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favourite but athletes we think will go well. Once were of interest

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to the crowd, as well. And that will include Scott Overall. Great

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support. But we are expecting it on the streets and the world champion,

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he Abel Kirui. The Americans will have very high hopes as well. Brian

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Hall. Olympic marathon times, and not necessarily going completely

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out of the window, but it will be as much as many other events in

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athletics. The Brazilian will be hoping to go well. If you were with

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us last week, when the whole thing got under way, the women's marathon

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in very different conditions, we were trying to keep ourselves dry.

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Very wet conditions. We're expecting something rather

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marathon. 105 entrants from the 68 countries. A pretty large field for

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the Olympic marathon which, I'm delighted to see, and you can see,

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just looking back down The Mall, this is where the London Marathon

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normally finishes but is also a start point today. Four laps, one

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short lap, and then three laps of around about eight miles each, for

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the three big laps. We'll get to see them on four occasions. Coming

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past us here in The Mall, and the first time around of calls will be

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for the finish. We had got a grade C two. We have got a teacher to

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honour. Sun screen at the ready. We are looking forward to a great

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marathon. We are looking forward to a great marathon. Such an exciting

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evening last night in the Olympic Stadium. We were talking last night

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saying what a privilege it was after all those years to watch Mo

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Farah, double Olympic champion. I talked to him this morning in the

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studio, and he's agreed to give me his autograph because he's my new

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hero. I mean that. This is going to be an interesting race because last

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week we had a beautiful conditions, it was wet, as the runners

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approached Admiralty Arch. Beautiful conditions for marathon

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running last week. Today, it's beautiful conditions to be on the

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streets of London and you can see the crowds are on the streets of

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London. But not a beautiful conditions to be running on the

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streets of London. A combination of the most wonderful two weeks of

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sprawl to this country has ever had. I was think might at last night,

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80,000 people in the stadium all smiling, because, unlike a big

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football match, nobody lost or that they were all one when Mo Farah won,

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and Usain Bolt broke the world record. Great were the food,

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Jessica, 160,000 people could say they were there. -- Greg Rutherford.

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London has responded to this marathon like you have never seen

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anything like it before. If you have been to the Olympic Games, any

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of the other events, you might as well come out on a nice morning and

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work around the streets of London like we had to do to get here,

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Steve. You were not happy with the booking, were you? It wasn't a

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little walk, it was about half-a- mile. Sunday morning, it's far too

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long run it. The crowds, when we did occur in a couple of hours ago,

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it was fairly quiet, but look at there. Many more people out

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compared to the women's marathon although, admittedly, it was

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raining on that day. It's great to see, just over two weeks, it has

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really captured the imagination of the British public. The venues have

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been well supported and this was always billed, the marathon,

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triathlon, road cycling, billed as the free events, and people came

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out in their hundreds of thousands to support these athletes and that

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gives them something they don't normally get at the Olympic Games,

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because, in the past, when we talk about this in the next couple of

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hours, probably, the Olympic marathon has not always had the

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best people there. It hasn't always been an event that has been

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targeted but, in recent years, that trend has been turned around again.

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I think the Olympic marathon, because it in August in London,

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quite a warm day, to be fair, but the Olympic marathon is attracting

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the best. Of course, as was said in the introduction, Kenya could only

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have three. Ethiopia could only have three and they have put their

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best to deliver their gold medals. That's exactly why we haven't got

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the best runners in the world. The world record holder is not here

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because he was not selected by the Kenyan team. The controversial

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selection. You know when you have got 48 of the top 50 marathon

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runners in the world, it's not surprising you can't have everybody.

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Here we are. Coming under Westminster Bridge. A sight so

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touching its majesty, said William because there is not room. Look at

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that! They are all taking photographs. They all want to be

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there. This is the traditional end of the Olympic Games, the men's

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marathon. Historically this has been the way the Games have

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finished. Often the event finishes in the stadium. Today it will

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finish in The Mall. The whole of the British public who wanted to

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come and see it has been able to. The fans will come to see it and

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appreciate it and see some of the best runners in the world. Abel

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Kirui highs the World Champion. -- Abel Kirui as the World Champion.

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In 1948 when London last held the Olympic Games, marathon started at

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Wembley Stadium and finish them as well, which used to be the

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tradition. They went out through Borehamwood and then returned to

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Wembley. Even in those days, the streets were not lined with as many

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people as this. They were well supported all around the course.

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Certainly there were huge crowds around Wembley Stadium and in the

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stadium, of course. But this is just magnificent. This marathon

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course contained very much within the city. The Birdcage Walk, which

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they will head down, familiar part of the London Marathon, of course.

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Heading back towards Buckingham Palace. We expected big crowds for

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the Olympic marathon but nothing like this. The great thing is that

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it is four laps. The runners will appreciate the support. Hopefully

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they will not get too carried away because they run for 26 miles, and

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with the roaring of the crowd behind you that is an unusual

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experience. To be fair, the athletes may respond to it. They

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don't want to respond too early. The only thing I am concerned about

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now, it is quite warm. They are going to be running in the midday

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sun. It will be tough here. It was easier last week for the women's

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marathon. As a result, I think we are going to see lots of changes in

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positions. Some people are going to be going well at a certain point

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and will not keep it going. Abdul Rahman of the United States is

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trying to encourage the pace along. We watched the track events, men's

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and women's, and none of them have been excessively quick. They have

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all been steady in the early stages, gauging their pace. In a marathon,

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you would expect it to be similar, but you just sense it from here,

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and we will get some split times... They are role going for bottles of

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water now, which is absolutely right. -- they are all. There was

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nervousness when they took their labelled drinks. The Moroccan is

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just going for bottle of water and I am not surprised. We would expect

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that to be the case. They do look to me that they are going at an OK

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place. I am staggered. -- at an OK pace. There are so many people

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watching. And flags from all over the world being waved. I guess if

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people have come to the Games and they have been to the athletics,

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the cycling, the hockey, the equestrian, whatever, and they are

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still here in this city and they have taken the chance to come and

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enjoy the very last event, which you do not need a ticket for... And

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look at it. Fantastic. They are coming into The Mall, the Queen

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Victoria Memorial, which overlooks it in front of Buckingham Palace.

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This is absolutely wonderful. You do not get better than this. To win

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this marathon in this setting, they have already got the traditional,

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the famous, the wonderful mass participation marathon, the London

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Marathon, but this is the icing on the cake. Just in front of

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Buckingham Palace. The red carpet of The Mall leading up to

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Buckingham Palace. The London Marathon team organised that event

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so wonderfully in April. They are the main organisers of this, the

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elite marathon. Easier to organise in some ways, but more difficult in

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other ways to organise. They responded last weekend to the

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women's marathon in those dreadful conditions. And they are responding

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again. They are so much part of British sport. All of these

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athletes know about the London Marathon. What will happen is we

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will see the athletes, the medalists, and to be honest, you

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will be able to remember them next spring because the best ones will

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be back to run the London Marathon because that is the attraction of

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this event. The Olympic marathon winner will certainly toe the line

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in nine months' time when we'd all come back. That is Lee Merrien of

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Great Britain, the Guernsey athlete. He has got a big fan club down the

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road with a Guernsey flag and he will appreciate that support. He

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has been in the London Marathon for the last couple of years. We were

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delighted that he was selected because he deserved to be. They had

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to go through a process of appeal. Scott Overall, the first British

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athlete going through. Further down the road, I just noticed Lee

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Merrien, too. Here they come, right in front of us. The crowds who

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bought the tickets for the grandstands have got a fantastic

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view. Scott Overall just at the back of that large group. Lee

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Merrien is in the second group. Going in front of us now. Lots of

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support out there. As Brendan was saying, Guernsey are so pleased

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that he got selected. It was good that you did. Dave Webb got injured,

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unfortunately. He was selected as well. Then we would have had three

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in this. The training camp that the rest of the team were at, it was

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hotter than this. They got some acclimatisation which they might

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not have been expecting. We were chatting about how hot the serious

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workouts were, and he said at least it will not be this hot in London

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but it really is. In the North East, the 10 K, his form was much better

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than last year. He has trained hard and worked well for this. He has

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relaxed into it. He is feeling as though he has got a chance to run

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well today. He is running very sensibly at the back of that

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massive group of athletes. Abel having completed that first short

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lap. You will see a role to art every time. They turn down

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Arch. This design of the course is to show off as many sides of London

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as well. When they go along the Embankment, they will turn away and

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pick up St Paul's Cathedral and wind their way through the old city.

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Around the Bank of England, the market, the Tower of London, where

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they will turn around and head back along the Embankment and back to

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Westminster. That pretty much completes the lap. Each lap is

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about eight miles, the big ones. Twisting and turning, that might

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have an effect. Brendan and I are sitting at the finish. There are

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lots of great champions of the past working for various broadcasters

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and we were chatting to the great Australian Rugby Costello. He was

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saying that he thought the rhythm would be broken up by the twisting

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and turning nature of the course. That is bound to be a little bit of

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a factor. Coming back to the selection, the Kenyans have

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certainly gone for what they think is a championship team. They will

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be able to deliver championship style run. Wilson Kipsang has won

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in London. And talking about the Australians, that is Michael

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Shelley. The Ethiopians, there was a lot of thought they would go for

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a runner who knew London Zoo well. -- so well. But there have not done

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that. -- but they have not done that. I think essentially the

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Ethiopians picked their three fastest guys. Hayley Dobriskey

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Lassie was telling me that he did not think they have the best

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Ethiopian in this field. -- Haile Gebrselassie. The good news is that

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he is with us. He has joined Tanni Grey-Thompson at the top of a mile.

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He will be delighted to be watching. Let's hear from him. I will put

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that question directly to him now. Thank you for joining us. You

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thought that Ethiopia had not selected their best athletes. The

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Dubai marathon was not the best selection process. Well, they are

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not just the fastest always. It is very difficult to say right now.

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This is the race and everybody is just fighting to win the race. We

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will see the result. These three athletes, you know, they are OK.

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They are good enough. The -- we will see. The Kenyans and

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Ethiopians need each other to run well. A well, it is not helping

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each other. But it is with the competition. It is a piece fight.

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The Ethiopians want to be strong, stronger than the Kenyans. This is

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a competition. If the Kenyans just win always, that is not good. That

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is why we need each other. This rivalry, it keeps going forever.

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But now there is another rival, from Britain. That is Mo Farah. Now

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we have to work hard. He has done OK in a 10,000 and the 5000. What

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do think about him doing a marathon? That would give me a

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fright! I would advise him not to go early. He needs to keep on the

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track in the next few years and then the marathon will stay with

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him forever. So he has plenty of time? Absolutely. The course is

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very different with the short loop and then the four big ones. Will

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the athletes use that to test each other out? Yes. Especially for the

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Ethiopians, it is OK. We like this kind of course. We like that. Where

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we trade in Ethiopia, it is not very flat. -- where we train. We

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are used to training like this. That is why the Ethiopians often

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win the marathon. And the weather, for most it is probably too warm,

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isn't it? Yes, it is. Five degrees higher. On most courses there is a

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shade from the trees and the buildings, which is an advantage

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otherwise it is too warm. If you had to bet today, who would you put

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your money on? It is difficult to say. Between Kenya and Ethiopia!

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Thank you so much. Now back to the commentators, Brendan Foster and

:26:45.:26:51.

Steve Cram. That is why he has got a great

:26:51.:26:55.

career in diplomacy ahead of him! He will be a politician. He is

:26:55.:26:58.

brilliant. He commentates around the world in English on these

:26:58.:27:01.

events but you can tell why he wanted to be really. He said they

:27:01.:27:05.

did not have the best runners from Ethiopia in at the race. The

:27:05.:27:09.

Olympic bronze medallist last time is missing. Highly Gebrselassie

:27:09.:27:15.

told me he was the best marathon runner and that would be the one he

:27:15.:27:20.

would like to see. But there could not be any more because you cannot

:27:20.:27:30.
:27:30.:27:34.

very best here. And the support which has been shown to the

:27:34.:27:37.

athletes, in the stadium in particular, all of the venues, has

:27:37.:27:43.

been replicated out here on the streets. It is set out at a fairly

:27:43.:27:49.

steady pace. The first five Kay, they were running at around 210.

:27:49.:27:57.

Steady enough. We were talking about to the bronze medal position.

:27:57.:28:06.

We had a fantastic race in Beijing. Sadly Sammy, he died in an accident

:28:06.:28:12.

of. He was a great runner. He was a great front-runner. With that race

:28:12.:28:16.

in Beijing, it was one which epitomise the type of marathon

:28:16.:28:21.

runner he was, I think. With Haile Gebrselassie not being here, it

:28:21.:28:26.

probably lacking a great marathon hero, if you like, so one of these

:28:26.:28:31.

guys could push themselves forward for that. The guy who wins the

:28:31.:28:35.

Olympic marathon in London will be an automatic hero. Back to Beijing,

:28:35.:28:44.

2008, Sammy ran a marvellous race, in record time for that and he died

:28:44.:28:48.

recently after falling off the balcony at his home. Following a

:28:48.:28:53.

domestic dispute. They are still not sure if it was suicide or

:28:53.:28:58.

homicide or even accidental. There is still a question hanging over

:28:58.:29:02.

that sad situation. A great runner who will always be remembered for

:29:02.:29:05.

the he would certainly have been in this event today and have been at

:29:06.:29:11.

the man to beat. Here comes the Brazilian athlete, very

:29:11.:29:18.

surprisingly taking the pace out, making a statement here, Franck de

:29:18.:29:25.

Almeida, but there are strength in numbers, following him. Talking

:29:25.:29:28.

about strength in numbers, wonderful crowds around St Paul's

:29:28.:29:34.

Cathedral, and, really, remember, the story about the bishop a

:29:34.:29:38.

Pennsylvania making a speech in a 90 no aid during the Olympic Games

:29:38.:29:43.

in St Paul's Cathedral, and out of his speech came the Olympic motto,

:29:43.:29:49.

the importance is not winning but taking part, twitched everybody has

:29:49.:29:55.

adopted. It that has been the Olympic motto. In this event today,

:29:55.:29:59.

it epitomises that. These are the best athletes in their own country.

:29:59.:30:03.

They are not going to go anywhere near winning this race but the

:30:03.:30:08.

number of countries represented around the world, being cheered on

:30:08.:30:11.

by this wonderful crowd. The British public have certainly been

:30:11.:30:16.

the winners at the Olympic Games. They have been absolutely fantastic.

:30:16.:30:21.

They have support of the Olympic Games, by National Lottery tickets,

:30:21.:30:25.

and the money which comes from that, to the good causes, some of it goes

:30:25.:30:31.

into sport. It goes into UK Sport, and will you be able to fund and

:30:31.:30:38.

manage the development of the government bodies, and the team's

:30:38.:30:42.

performances have improved and improved and improved. The

:30:42.:30:44.

improvement is happening at a time when the are staging the Olympic

:30:44.:30:49.

Games which, again, was paid for largely out of the funding from the

:30:49.:30:54.

National Lottery. If you are sitting at home and a but luckily

:30:54.:30:57.

tickets over the years, you are part of this. You have all

:30:57.:31:02.

supported the bid, the events, Britain staging it, watching it on

:31:02.:31:09.

TV, and you had taken British sport to a completely new level, and the

:31:09.:31:16.

winner is the British public. said. I think people sometimes

:31:16.:31:21.

forget that the success we have seen, which we have all enjoyed,

:31:21.:31:25.

would not have happened without that Investment Board that it's not

:31:25.:31:30.

giving athletes money. That's not what it's about. It's about

:31:30.:31:34.

providing infrastructure to allow them to train as hard as they can,

:31:34.:31:38.

to have one of the best support systems, the best coaching,

:31:38.:31:42.

medicine, and giving them the chance to show how good they can be.

:31:42.:31:48.

Britain is leading the world in that respect also opt Mo Farah was

:31:48.:31:54.

talking about the recovery process. He said a recovered from the

:31:54.:32:04.
:32:04.:32:09.

race, but she did not recover. But he didn't bother if these Games

:32:09.:32:12.

have been held 20 years ago, they would have been marvellous in every

:32:12.:32:16.

sense, the Olympic Stadium, the crowds and so forth, but the

:32:16.:32:23.

performances would not have been able to go alongside the staging.

:32:23.:32:27.

So the coincidence of that staging ability of Great Britain has and

:32:28.:32:32.

Sebastian Coe and his team have been wonderful, and the sporting

:32:32.:32:37.

prowess and performance we had been able to demonstrate, means we had

:32:37.:32:42.

the happiest of all coincidences and, as a result, sport is changing

:32:42.:32:46.

the face of the nation. It's an amazing effect, this is having. The

:32:46.:32:51.

next few months, we will see something changing in society

:32:51.:32:55.

because have you ever seen so many happy faces around place? And

:32:55.:33:01.

millions watching on TV. The oddly enough, I guess this is the one

:33:01.:33:05.

event people have engaged in away from the elite events, the half

:33:05.:33:11.

marathons, but the access to have to those events. It's very

:33:11.:33:14.

straightforward ball that it's always great to see so many

:33:14.:33:17.

hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people taking part in

:33:17.:33:24.

these events but, today, it's the turn of the leads. Scott Overall is

:33:25.:33:31.

having a chat, checking his pace. When the group were together, they

:33:31.:33:34.

were running at a pace he would have enjoyed but since then, there

:33:34.:33:38.

has been an injection of pace at the front and it has broken up the

:33:38.:33:43.

pack. It was probably about 50 athletes at the very beginning and

:33:43.:33:48.

now, they are starting to spread out now and settle into a different

:33:48.:33:53.

rhythm, defending on do race strategy. Whether you feel you want

:33:53.:33:59.

to go with a pace which is beyond that which you normally run at or

:34:00.:34:06.

you settle down and don't go too hard in the early stages. A very,

:34:06.:34:12.

very experienced man will be hoping to replicate his great runs of the

:34:12.:34:21.

past, Mebrahtom Keflezighi. I think the Americans are very high hopes.

:34:21.:34:31.

And why not? Today at had their own at resurgence, as well. Marathon

:34:31.:34:35.

running is so important in the USA. It's important for them to do well

:34:35.:34:41.

in these events. I'm sure they will figure for that looking further

:34:41.:34:46.

back down the field. We saw Scott Overall going through. Going past

:34:46.:34:53.

the Museum of London heading down orders gate now, and I'm looking

:34:53.:34:57.

for Lee Merrien. There he is on the left of the group, wearing

:34:57.:35:04.

sunglasses. The man from Guernsey going through the picture. There's

:35:04.:35:11.

one or two others in this field, who are fairly familiar. They are

:35:11.:35:17.

running for local clubs. In Britain. You might think, how is that

:35:17.:35:27.
:35:27.:35:30.

happening? 30 years of age now, the Mongolian, he runs for a local club,

:35:30.:35:39.

Ser-Od Bat-Ochir, because he says it's easier running for local club.

:35:39.:35:49.

Also running for Sri Lanka or, Anuradha Cooray, he runs for a

:35:49.:35:55.

local club. He was told that the marriage yet under two hours and 18

:35:55.:35:58.

minutes in the London Marathon, they would pick him and he did it

:35:58.:36:02.

by one minute. So, representing his country here. If you were not

:36:02.:36:07.

watching the women's marathon, this could be sick of it in later on. I

:36:07.:36:12.

remarked at the time it that it's a long feed station. 60 countries

:36:12.:36:18.

taking place and you got to find your own flag, your own personal

:36:18.:36:23.

drink. This is exactly where they are. They are part of the Bank of

:36:23.:36:29.

England and the streets are quite narrow here. On occasion, the

:36:29.:36:34.

feeder stations provided quite a bit of drama. If people on the

:36:34.:36:38.

wrong side, they had got to cut across athletes and they start

:36:38.:36:44.

throwing bottles, as well. Always a chance of one or two incidents.

:36:44.:36:47.

Hopefully nothing like that will happen today. They need to be a

:36:47.:36:54.

little bit careful. Scott Overall, there, just aiming for his own a

:36:54.:36:59.

drink. The camera pulled away. I hope he got it. He did get it.

:36:59.:37:07.

That's good news. Leaden will market. Isn't that great? -- Leader

:37:07.:37:17.
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section, because it slightly downhill, it was quite slippery. It

:37:22.:37:29.

was a popular place to stand. These crowds of phenomenal for that look

:37:29.:37:37.

at that. And there are 15 or 20 Deco and can't even see. Maybe

:37:37.:37:39.

they're out there Sunday-morning lunch and somebody said, what's

:37:39.:37:46.

going on? Let's have a look. -- 50 not 20 deep. Remember last week

:37:47.:37:52.

when it absolutely soaked. We were soaking wet. Commentating with wet

:37:52.:38:02.
:38:02.:38:18.

feet is not to be recommended! But world, it is the old London people

:38:18.:38:24.

love, isn't it? We had some fantastic new buildings. The London

:38:24.:38:27.

Eye. We saw a glimpse of that earlier pulled up Buckingham Palace,

:38:27.:38:33.

St Paul's. And the old part of the city. For people who have never

:38:33.:38:38.

been to London, these pictures will go around the world. It shows the

:38:38.:38:45.

City often a wonderful way. -- it shows the City off in a wonderful

:38:45.:38:51.

way. At the idea of giving so many people the chance to see the

:38:51.:38:56.

runners, come by, three or four times, it makes you feel really

:38:56.:39:01.

part of the event. With the closing ceremony to look forward to this

:39:01.:39:10.

evening, it's still running about two hours and 10. The only thing

:39:10.:39:15.

you can guarantee here, there will be some drama in the later stages.

:39:15.:39:21.

We are looking at the Brazilian, an eight-second lead, again some of

:39:21.:39:30.

the East African talent, Franck de Almeida, and unless I'm mistaken,

:39:30.:39:34.

it's an awful long way to try to lead a marathon. And then the race

:39:34.:39:38.

will start to happen, it will change, and the racing will start

:39:38.:39:47.

to happen. These weather conditions, because it's 11:30am, coming up to

:39:47.:39:51.

the height of the midday sun, it is warm. I would like to see what the

:39:51.:39:56.

official temperatures are, because sitting here, it feels very warm

:39:56.:40:01.

indeed. The fact we haven't had much warm weather means the

:40:01.:40:05.

athletes have been here preparing in the UK, and had not for the

:40:05.:40:13.

chance to acclimatise, really. until I'd say around 19 degrees.

:40:13.:40:17.

I'm a reading that of the computer for that the humidity is around 77%.

:40:17.:40:22.

I'm not sure it is assume it is that. It does not feel like that.

:40:22.:40:26.

I'm not sure I'm going to go with what the computer is telling me

:40:26.:40:34.

there. We are sitting in a suntrap here. The temperature will rise. It

:40:34.:40:38.

was supposed to go up to 27 degrees. A beautiful day for watching and

:40:38.:40:42.

visiting the Tower of London. A little cooler in the stadium last

:40:42.:40:48.

night, when Mo was running the 5,000 metres, but the warm weather

:40:48.:40:58.
:40:58.:40:59.

has returned today. This is one of the Ethiopian. He's not one of

:40:59.:41:05.

their most experienced. Dino Sefir. Perhaps this selection policy was a

:41:05.:41:12.

misguided one. Haile Gebrselassie went to see the selectors. And he

:41:12.:41:18.

pleaded on behalf of Dino Sefir, because he's been an athlete who

:41:18.:41:24.

has run a three marathons, but the times from the Dubai marathon were

:41:24.:41:29.

called into question. Ryan ball from the USA for for a big

:41:29.:41:35.

following he has. A lot of people expecting him to run well. At the

:41:35.:41:45.
:41:45.:41:45.

moment, he's letting the leaders do their own thing. Here is Wilson

:41:45.:41:51.

Kipsang Kiprotich, the fastest runner in this field. Ayele Abshero.

:41:51.:42:01.

He's following him. You sense, you know, the heat is having an effect

:42:01.:42:07.

on some of his athletes. They are fading away already. I think some

:42:07.:42:11.

of them and make no tries, they are not going to go up at a pace in

:42:11.:42:19.

this heat and then they will hope the others will survive. The you

:42:19.:42:29.

have more of a cushion if you are running 2.5, rather than 2.10. The

:42:29.:42:32.

Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, he's wearing his Sunday best name it

:42:32.:42:42.
:42:42.:42:57.

names on the forms, so sometimes they are credited with different

:42:57.:43:07.
:43:07.:43:08.

names. Normally when we see Wilson Kipsang, that is his name. We all

:43:08.:43:12.

thought that they would hang around before this would happen. We see

:43:12.:43:17.

two of the favourites at the front. Wilson Kipsang is already making an

:43:17.:43:27.

effort here, pulling Ayele Abshero away with him. The reference point

:43:27.:43:37.
:43:37.:43:38.

is the Tower of London. Coming back towards Blackfriars. They will drop

:43:38.:43:43.

back down on to... Well, there are hardly any hills. There is one

:43:43.:43:51.

little section on the Embankment and near St Paul's. On the Flat,

:43:51.:43:54.

there is the familiar curve of the river that takes them towards

:43:54.:44:04.
:44:04.:44:05.

Westminster. Emmanuel Mutai is there, Wilson Kipsang, go to for

:44:05.:44:15.

Lecky, all tried to go with this injection of pace. Abel Kirui is

:44:15.:44:19.

slightly adrift. The Kenyans need each other for competition. That is

:44:19.:44:24.

what keeps us going and that is what makes us go. At the end of the

:44:24.:44:29.

day, I did not think it would be happening this early. 11 kilometres

:44:29.:44:35.

into the race. It is starting earlier than people expected. When

:44:35.:44:39.

you think about the contrast between this London Marathon and

:44:39.:44:42.

the regular London Marathon, for the first half of the London

:44:42.:44:52.
:44:52.:44:53.

Marathon itself, the pacemakers deliver a pace. They trained

:44:53.:45:02.

specifically for this race. You watch Victor now. He has trained

:45:02.:45:05.

specifically and I can tell you that he will finish higher than

:45:05.:45:13.

this. He will be working his way through unpicking of the positions.

:45:13.:45:21.

-- and picking off the positions. Distance running in Japan is about

:45:21.:45:25.

marathon running. They were disappointing in the women's race.

:45:25.:45:30.

They are not featuring too much so far in the men's race. Just to

:45:30.:45:34.

bring you up to date with the British athletes, with Wilson

:45:35.:45:42.

Kipsang building a lead of 10m. Scott Overall was not too far

:45:42.:45:52.
:45:52.:45:53.

behind. 43rd place. Lee Merrien is a little further back. He was in

:45:53.:46:03.
:46:03.:46:04.

50th place, 47 seconds behind the leaders. -- 58 place. Wilson

:46:04.:46:13.

Kipsang has made his decision to go for it. He has a different name on

:46:13.:46:17.

his chest. He is better known as Wilson Kipsang. The fastest in his

:46:17.:46:23.

field. He is the favourite. He has got all the credentials and he has

:46:23.:46:32.

made his move. That is it. It is up to him now. Up to him to see if he

:46:32.:46:36.

can maintain it. It is up to the rest of them to see if they can do

:46:36.:46:41.

something about his lead and catch it. He has only run five marathons.

:46:41.:46:46.

In his first one, he was third in Paris in 2010. He has won the other

:46:46.:46:54.

four. So he knows how to win. He knows how to run quick. He knows

:46:54.:47:00.

how to gauge his pace. He looks completely relaxed. At the moment

:47:00.:47:05.

Kenya have won two Olympic gold medals. The steeplechase,

:47:05.:47:11.

inevitably. Ezekiel Kemboi, and the men's 800, with that world record

:47:11.:47:18.

by David. The marathon, they are top of the pile in the marathon and

:47:18.:47:22.

they expect to win it. To be honest, they need to win it to be

:47:22.:47:26.

respectable in the medals table. They were expecting to win six

:47:27.:47:30.

Olympic gold medals and they are not going to. There will be an

:47:30.:47:33.

inquiry because they have not done so well because they have dominated

:47:33.:47:38.

distance running all the year round. They are not able to convert it

:47:38.:47:40.

during the major championships. They have lots of favourites going

:47:40.:47:48.

into the races that were not able to win them. The Japanese athletes

:47:48.:47:53.

are looking at a gap of 15 seconds. The fastest man in the world, four

:47:53.:48:01.

seconds outside the world record, on his best performance. He has

:48:01.:48:06.

laid down his intent. The marathon will be a challenge for him but it

:48:06.:48:16.
:48:16.:48:23.

will be a bigger challenge for the All of the French team were not

:48:23.:48:26.

born in France but they all showed service in the French Foreign

:48:26.:48:30.

Legion and they have all ended up competing for France. There is a

:48:30.:48:35.

certain romanticism. I like that, it is good. The lesson is, Doge

:48:35.:48:37.

joint the French Foreign Legion because you might end up running

:48:37.:48:47.
:48:47.:48:55.

the marathon! -- don't joined the leading it as Wilson Kipsang, even

:48:55.:49:00.

though he has a different name on his chest. He has broken away and

:49:00.:49:05.

it has taken the others by surprise. You have to work out your strategy.

:49:05.:49:12.

What is your response going to be? Abel Kirui, particularly him. We

:49:12.:49:16.

were hoping that Wilson Kipsang would run well, but we were

:49:16.:49:25.

expecting him to as well, with all of his experience at World

:49:25.:49:31.

Championship experience, to be the right sort of selection as well.

:49:31.:49:34.

This is a small group and these guys are moving at a really good

:49:34.:49:37.

place now. They are trying to do something about not letting him get

:49:37.:49:44.

too far away. He is a very good athlete. Like Haile Gebrselassie,

:49:44.:49:51.

who has run three times under two hours and five minutes. His bench

:49:51.:49:58.

market so much higher than everybody else's. -- benchmark is

:49:58.:50:05.

so much higher. This is a flight station now. When we were arriving,

:50:05.:50:09.

Brendan, the buses were there with all the various drinks teams and

:50:09.:50:14.

team members, taking the drinks for the athletes. They are five in a

:50:14.:50:17.

different way so they can recognise their own bottles and not grab the

:50:18.:50:20.

wrong one because they were all have their own mixtures and

:50:20.:50:24.

concoctions that they are used to running with. They use them in

:50:24.:50:27.

training as well. It is important that they are put there in the

:50:27.:50:32.

right place. Then they do not worry about grabbing the wrong drink. We

:50:32.:50:37.

do see them sharing them occasionally. Plenty of fluids on

:50:37.:50:43.

board today. This is the chasing group and there are good athletes

:50:43.:50:49.

in this group. Several of them have run two hours and four minutes.

:50:49.:50:52.

There is a strong move in that chasing group, but he has declared

:50:52.:51:01.

his intent. He ran last year in Frankfurt and he ran at four

:51:01.:51:11.
:51:11.:51:12.

seconds outside the world record. The only man who has run faster

:51:12.:51:17.

than home was in a world record race and the only other man is

:51:17.:51:21.

Haile Gebrselassie. That tells you that this man is top class, an

:51:21.:51:25.

outstanding distance runner, but very, very brave to lay it out like

:51:25.:51:31.

this. His gap is 16 seconds. He is glancing over his shoulder. It is a

:51:31.:51:35.

bit early to be worrying about what is going on behind. The thing about

:51:35.:51:40.

the marathon that has been consistent in marathon history,

:51:40.:51:46.

marathon=drama. You are looking at a chasing group of seven athletes.

:51:46.:51:53.

The two Ethiopians and two Kenyans, top-notch distance runners. And

:51:53.:52:00.

there will be changes in this group and changes from behind. And when

:52:00.:52:08.

we looked down the road, is Wilson Kipsang going to be good enough?

:52:08.:52:12.

Izzie great enough to run it from 10 kilometres all the way to the

:52:12.:52:21.

finish? -- will he be great enough? Brave decision. The crowds at

:52:21.:52:28.

Westminster Bridge, where they will go past Big Ben. That is always

:52:28.:52:34.

great. It is a great side anyway but even for the marathon runners,

:52:35.:52:39.

you can spot Big Ben in the distance. There is a real curved

:52:39.:52:43.

around the river. It is a popular spot for some of us trying to get

:52:43.:52:51.

fit in London. Sometimes Big Ben does not come as quickly as you

:52:51.:52:57.

would like! Do you mean as quickly as it used to? I think that is what

:52:57.:53:01.

I mean! Our sport has never seen anything like this before. We have

:53:01.:53:05.

never seen as many people. I don't think the London Marathon has ever

:53:05.:53:11.

had as many spectators as this. Truthfully, you cannot believe

:53:11.:53:16.

these numbers. It would be wonderful if somebody could go

:53:16.:53:19.

round and count them and tell us how many there are. It is

:53:19.:53:25.

staggering. 10 and 15 deep. They have not got a great view but they

:53:25.:53:33.

do see the athletes every four laps. Both sides of the roads, the

:53:33.:53:37.

windows, the walls, every vantage point is full. A celebration of the

:53:38.:53:44.

Olympic Games. Seb Coe wanted to get out quickly to watch the

:53:45.:53:49.

marathon. When he what is this, we are so proud of what he has done. -

:53:49.:53:55.

- when he watches this. We are so proud of what LOCOG have done, and

:53:55.:53:58.

we are so proud that our sport has risen to the top of the pile,

:53:58.:54:03.

because you have never seen support like this before. Going back all

:54:03.:54:07.

those years, running against Seb Coe, I shared a room with him in

:54:07.:54:12.

1980 in Moscow when he went from losing the 800m to win in the

:54:12.:54:15.

1,500m, and he has steered us into this position and he has steered

:54:15.:54:20.

the nation into supporting this thing. It is absolutely

:54:20.:54:24.

unbelievable what we are seeing here today. We are seeing a man who

:54:24.:54:30.

may be worthy to carry off the position of running a marathon in

:54:31.:54:34.

front of more spectators than have ever witnessed a marathon before. I

:54:34.:54:41.

cannot claim that statistic with any fact. But I would like it to be

:54:41.:54:45.

challenged because I don't know where we have ever seen it before.

:54:45.:54:49.

There is a formula. The length of the course, you estimate how many

:54:49.:54:55.

people there are. Get your pan out, do the sums, inventor number and we

:54:55.:55:05.
:55:05.:55:08.

will stick with it! -- get your pen. If you think this will be a one

:55:08.:55:12.

athlete race with Wilson Kipsang getting ahead, then stay tuned. He

:55:12.:55:17.

is a very good athlete but it is a brave decision of his at this stage

:55:17.:55:27.
:55:27.:55:40.

second 10, then he ran much quicker. He ran well under 15 minutes for

:55:41.:55:45.

that section, Sony is picking up 45 seconds on the previous five

:55:45.:55:55.

kilometres action. -- so he is picking up. Dos Santos, with a

:55:55.:56:03.

couple of the Brazilians will appear. He went off pretty quickly.

:56:03.:56:11.

The Queen Victoria Memorial looking resplendent in the sunshine. Steve,

:56:11.:56:15.

what happens to British sport after this? It can't get any better, can

:56:15.:56:21.

it? What is the next stage of this? You cannot just have the Olympic

:56:21.:56:28.

Games and celebrated and everybody cheering and then just stop.

:56:28.:56:31.

next thing is the Paralympics, which I am sure will be supported

:56:31.:56:35.

very well, and Great Britain will do very well and get lots of medals.

:56:35.:56:39.

I hope that the crowds come out and support our Paralympians in the

:56:39.:56:44.

same way and I am support that they will. It is a difficult question,

:56:44.:56:47.

because I think we are going to continue producing great athletes,

:56:47.:56:51.

and I mean that in a generic cent across all of the sports. We are in

:56:51.:56:57.

the position that none of us thought we would be in the medal

:56:57.:57:02.

table. We always knew that USA, China and Russia would be up there,

:57:02.:57:06.

because they are big nations. But we are now the third best sporting

:57:06.:57:10.

nation at the Olympic Games, which is phenomenal. If you think back to

:57:10.:57:16.

1996, not that long ago, we were at 36, with one gold medal. It has

:57:16.:57:19.

been a massive transformation. The important thing is that we do not

:57:19.:57:27.

step back from that. It has been a particularly tough lesson for the

:57:27.:57:30.

Russians. They were 4th in the world and they have fallen back

:57:30.:57:34.

from that. Let's use this as a springboard to push on to the Rio

:57:34.:57:38.

Games. We can look forward to hosting many more major events.

:57:38.:57:41.

Great Britain has shown that the sporting public love our own

:57:41.:57:45.

athlete and those from around the world as well. As they come in

:57:45.:57:53.

front of us, the chasing pack, about 15 seconds still behind. The

:57:53.:58:03.
:58:03.:58:10.

chasing pack just keeping an eye on glory in the London Rubber On. He

:58:10.:58:14.

has a lot of hard running ahead of him, we are not even approaching

:58:14.:58:22.

halfway yet. That lead is staying about the same. There are some good

:58:22.:58:30.

athletes end that chasing group. Ayele Abshero. The fastest debut

:58:30.:58:37.

marathon ever, when he ran two hours and four minutes. He is only

:58:37.:58:47.
:58:47.:58:50.

21. Out of the athlete's highly deborah glass and St -- Haile

:58:51.:59:00.
:59:01.:59:08.

Scott Overall working nicely through the field, heat is on for a

:59:08.:59:12.

good run today, let us hope he can sustain it. He seems to be getting

:59:12.:59:22.
:59:22.:59:39.

stronger. Looking down the road, Scott Overall. Lee Merrien has gone

:59:39.:59:48.

through. Kenneally is running just ahead of him.

:59:48.:59:54.

And, here comes Lee Merrien, the flags of the Guernsey supporters

:59:54.:00:02.

are waving at him. He is getting a great reaction here. Just across

:00:02.:00:08.

from us, I can see Ed Warner, the chairman of British athletics. He

:00:08.:00:18.
:00:18.:00:33.

was so excited last night. So American who might have had a

:00:33.:00:38.

little chance here. He is a big favourite in America but he has

:00:38.:00:44.

stepped off. He looked in a bed of pain, rather than struggling in

:00:44.:00:48.

terms of fitness. The American journalists are disappearing to

:00:48.:00:55.

find out what has happened to him. The coming back, there he is. He

:00:55.:01:01.

decides, enough is enough. He was holding the back of his leg. Maybe

:01:02.:01:11.
:01:12.:01:13.

a hamstring. Around his hip area. Hall it is out of the London

:01:13.:01:18.

Olympics Marathon, which is sad to see.

:01:18.:01:25.

The third 5K was 14.11, which has caused this break-up. It is a

:01:25.:01:35.
:01:35.:01:35.

higher risk strategy that Wilson Kipsang is operating, he didn't

:01:35.:01:42.

build it gradually, he went about hard, quickly. A lead of 21 seconds.

:01:42.:01:51.

It looks as if that group is set to ring. Here is Emmanuel Mutai --

:01:51.:01:57.

Emmanuel Mutai. He is struggling to stay with the chasing group which

:01:57.:02:07.
:02:07.:02:08.

is breaking as well. Just trying to spot, Abel Kirui it is in there.

:02:08.:02:18.
:02:18.:02:19.

Asmerom is in there. Abdirahman and, two of the Americans have gone. It

:02:19.:02:25.

is not good for the Americans. They have a trial system, the first

:02:25.:02:30.

three past the post, they have to run a very hard are met -- Marathon

:02:30.:02:40.
:02:40.:02:41.

to getting the team. -- get in the team.

:02:41.:02:50.

There is the group. You get a sense of the pace that he

:02:50.:02:56.

is running at, the camera following him, the crowd behind him. That was

:02:56.:03:06.
:03:06.:03:11.

a very aggressive 5K split. One minute faster. This is a very good

:03:11.:03:16.

group of athletes. Emmanuel Mutai looks as if he has dropped away

:03:16.:03:26.
:03:26.:03:43.

from the group. The world champion, getting great support around the

:03:43.:03:52.

route. It is not a day for being it up there on your own, the

:03:52.:03:55.

loneliness of the long-distance runner and that sort of thing.

:03:55.:04:04.

is great to see, that's signed about drinks. In the women's

:04:04.:04:07.

marathon, they were having difficulty with this. They know

:04:07.:04:12.

they have to get themselves in position. To Weymouth for their own

:04:12.:04:22.
:04:22.:04:27.

drinks. On this kind of day, it is crucial. -- To aim for their drinks.

:04:27.:04:36.

The temperature is rising. Asmerom of Eritrea, they haven't had a good

:04:36.:04:43.

Games. The Kenyans haven't been the best they have ever been. Kiprotich

:04:43.:04:51.

of Uganda. Alongside Abel Kirui. Ayele Abshero, the fastest

:04:51.:04:56.

debutante in history. Dos Santos is a very good athlete, he won the New

:04:56.:05:00.

York Marathon a couple of times. He is in the right place. That group

:05:00.:05:10.
:05:10.:05:11.

is going to provide a challenge. Also in that group, Mokoka of South

:05:11.:05:21.
:05:21.:05:37.

Africa. Semenya, he coaches her too. This is a good group. They can just

:05:37.:05:43.

about keep him in sight, as they go through this section, where they do

:05:43.:05:50.

Twist And Turn. He is a deceptive runner. He looks as if he is not

:05:50.:05:55.

running quite as well for some reason. Our head on shocks macro

:05:55.:06:05.
:06:05.:06:09.

never give you the best to -- head- on shots.

:06:09.:06:19.
:06:19.:06:21.

He has taken a gamble. Now, he has got to hope it pays off. The

:06:21.:06:31.
:06:31.:06:37.

saw earlier. He was a reserve initially, then he came in. Even at

:06:37.:06:47.
:06:47.:06:52.

that point, there were questions about selection. He is a man who

:06:52.:06:59.

knows London very well. But he is struggling today.

:06:59.:07:03.

Six athletes in that the group. Seven athletes now, but they are

:07:04.:07:13.
:07:14.:07:14.

good athletes. Getu Feleke. From Ethiopia.

:07:14.:07:24.
:07:24.:07:27.

They are approaching St Paul's around. F&C people heading down

:07:27.:07:36.

across the bridge -- I often see people.

:07:36.:07:44.

This is not a foregone conclusion. He hasn't blown the field a way. He

:07:44.:07:50.

has run a very aggressive bipolar split. I have noticed they are

:07:50.:07:57.

anxious to get a drink which is right. They are doing it sensibly.

:07:57.:08:03.

Dos Santos gets his drink, then accelerates into the group.

:08:03.:08:10.

Alongside Mokoka of South Africa. Asmerom of Eritrea. Here comes

:08:10.:08:16.

Wilson Kipsang, approaching the 20km. In these races, they talk

:08:16.:08:21.

about getting halfway and then the race starts, but it has started

:08:21.:08:31.

early this time. In front of St Paul's Cathedral.

:08:31.:08:41.
:08:41.:08:41.

The chasing group going after Wilson Kipsang. He ran 15 minutes,

:08:41.:08:47.

just under, for that 5K section. He has slowed down, he had to. He can

:08:47.:08:55.

keep it up all the way. But the gap has also got a little bit less,

:08:55.:09:01.

down from 21 seconds, down to 14 seconds. They are closing in and a

:09:01.:09:11.
:09:11.:09:12.

pink Kitson it is in a bit of bother. -- and I think Kipsang is

:09:12.:09:17.

in a bit of bother. This chasing group are working

:09:17.:09:23.

together, helping one another. The Japanese have come out to support

:09:23.:09:27.

this marathon. In previous ravens, we would have had a couple of

:09:27.:09:32.

Japanese in that leading group. So far today, they are not quite up to

:09:32.:09:41.

He now needs to just stick with the game plan, there is no going back

:09:41.:09:51.
:09:51.:09:52.

from this. His leader has been chipped into, is he aware of it? In

:09:52.:09:57.

this section of the course. It is his team-mate's pushing things

:09:57.:10:02.

along at the front of this group. Abel Kirui, who ran so well in

:10:02.:10:07.

different conditions at the World Championships last year. He is

:10:07.:10:12.

looking behind already, I think he is struggling, I do think he has

:10:12.:10:17.

got this wrong. He is such a good athlete. He may well be able to

:10:18.:10:27.
:10:28.:10:30.

resurrect something from that. From that stars and in quick -- that

:10:30.:10:40.
:10:40.:10:41.

quick first section. If here is the next group. You can

:10:41.:10:49.

see Keflezighi. And a couple of South Africans. But the lead is

:10:49.:10:59.
:10:59.:10:59.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

:10:59.:11:46.

halfway point. 13 miles. 10K exceptions. -- sections. It is

:11:46.:11:51.

an interesting way to do it. To do that running from the halfway point

:11:52.:11:58.

on, it is more acceptable, more understandable. The halfway point

:11:58.:12:03.

for the others, 16 seconds behind. So, the race is starting to get

:12:03.:12:09.

exciting. The world champion is in there, the fastest marathon

:12:09.:12:16.

debutant is in there. Mokoka from South Africa is in there. Dos

:12:16.:12:26.
:12:26.:12:34.

Santos, a very good athlete from to be chasing group because you

:12:34.:12:44.
:12:44.:12:47.

want to, you give it away because you have to. You can see how far

:12:47.:12:52.

back the other athletes are. The chasing group has been broken up as

:12:52.:13:00.

well. Plenty of us Eritrean flags flying around here. There would

:13:00.:13:10.
:13:10.:13:11.

have been high hopes. Mutai who quickly went off the back of the

:13:11.:13:18.

chasing group. He is still leading. Maybe he can settle into a more

:13:18.:13:25.

comfortable pace. We said earlier on he has so much ability. That

:13:25.:13:34.

leader might have eked out a little bit more. This is the area around

:13:34.:13:41.

the Bank of England. Look at the crowds! Steve, I love marathons and

:13:41.:13:46.

I love watching them because they are so dramatic and you sense this

:13:46.:13:51.

will be a dramatic one. But even in a dramatic marathon like this, I

:13:51.:13:57.

have never been overawed so much. I don't think the race has ever been

:13:57.:14:06.

such that the crowd is overwhelming. It is unbelievable. You watch these

:14:06.:14:10.

marathons and you, and tech -- commentator on them over the years

:14:10.:14:16.

and you get embroiled in the drama itself. That was a bit of drama, he

:14:16.:14:21.

nearly missed his drink. He didn't even go to the side, he was called

:14:21.:14:27.

on by his team manager. The race is playing second fiddle today to the

:14:27.:14:37.

crowds. I don't mean that in a bad way, it is absolutely wonderful.

:14:37.:14:43.

That was a bad sign, concentrations. And there is a sign to say 100m to

:14:43.:14:48.

go to the feed stations. He was running along in the middle of the

:14:48.:14:54.

road. Not necessarily doing anything about it. There he is,

:14:54.:15:03.

just running a long. He gets a call from his team manager. Turns back,

:15:03.:15:09.

goes to the side, gets his drink. You have got to stop for that. It

:15:09.:15:14.

doesn't matter if you lose a few seconds, but what matters is he

:15:14.:15:19.

gets a drink on board. He looks like Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda

:15:19.:15:24.

moving ahead of the group of Africans. We are getting used from

:15:24.:15:30.

our American television colleagues Ryan Hall came into this with a

:15:30.:15:36.

tight hamstring or wanted to give it a go. Rather than just go on

:15:36.:15:41.

regardless Lee, it is the first time he has ever dropped out of a

:15:41.:15:47.

race. He felt it was the best policy. It is a long way to run, he

:15:47.:15:51.

will only do himself more permanent damage will stop disappointing for

:15:51.:15:56.

the Americans. But the leader looking more rejuvenated now. As

:15:56.:16:01.

Brendan was saying, this like laps of confrontation -- concentration

:16:02.:16:05.

as he passed the feat stations will stop this is the second chasing

:16:05.:16:15.
:16:15.:16:37.

group. -- a slight laps. They will The field is so strung-out, there

:16:37.:16:45.

are runners going past all of the time. This is dos Santos from

:16:45.:16:52.

Brazil and running well. The chasing group is split up. The

:16:52.:16:58.

second Ethiopian has fallen away from the group, that is Feleke. His

:16:58.:17:06.

manager, who manages Gebrselassie told us the of the day he had high

:17:06.:17:15.

hopes for Feleke, but it looks as though he is tiring. Dos Santos

:17:15.:17:20.

moves into that position. This is the chasing group, which is down to

:17:20.:17:30.
:17:30.:17:32.

three. Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda. The world champion, Kirui. They are

:17:32.:17:42.
:17:42.:17:42.

chasing down the leader. Wilson Kipsang. Once he burst away he has

:17:42.:17:47.

had a chance to recover, which is probably why you are saying, Steve,

:17:47.:17:52.

he looks more comfortable and relaxed? This is an interesting

:17:52.:17:57.

part of the course. They do a turn around and he will be able to see

:17:57.:18:03.

where they are. I think it is about 13 seconds now. It hasn't short and,

:18:03.:18:09.

it hasn't got any bigger. But look at the crowds at the Tower of

:18:09.:18:13.

London cheering on the leader of the marathon. He can see the

:18:13.:18:20.

chasing group is getting closer, and it contains the best of the

:18:20.:18:26.

Ethiopians, Abshero and the world champion from his own country, Abel

:18:26.:18:34.

Kirui. Also, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda. The Tower of London is one

:18:34.:18:39.

of the biggest tourist attractions, but it has never seen crowds like

:18:39.:18:48.

this before. It has been there since 1068. If you wanted to see

:18:48.:18:56.

the crown jewels, that she would be very long! -- that you. Have you

:18:56.:19:01.

seen the cue for the ice-creams at the back? Lovely day, and a great

:19:02.:19:09.

climax we are hoping is for this Olympic Games. Can other medals

:19:09.:19:13.

being one around different venues today. Hoping Britain can pick up

:19:13.:19:20.

more success before the climax of the closing ceremony tonight. Now

:19:20.:19:26.

13 million people watch Mo Farah win his gold medal last night. Some

:19:26.:19:31.

great moments over these couple of weeks, shared by millions and

:19:32.:19:38.

millions of people. You know what? There is a good few hundred 1000 if

:19:38.:19:45.

not approaching a million or so, but there is an awful lot of people.

:19:45.:19:50.

I thought you said earlier you did know how to work it out? In the old

:19:50.:19:59.

days they used to make up a word for an amount of people will stop

:19:59.:20:04.

our editor has just said, why don't you just say there is a lot! Which

:20:04.:20:14.
:20:14.:20:18.

I think there is. He is usually more specific than that. Kiprotich

:20:18.:20:21.

is realising there is a bit of a push on thought stop when he looked

:20:22.:20:28.

around, and I am surprised it is coming from Stephen Kiprotich from

:20:28.:20:38.
:20:38.:20:38.

Uganda. Looking at Kirui, he has a lot of respect the Kirui. They must

:20:38.:20:44.

be thinking, are we going to let him go. A great deal of the London

:20:44.:20:54.
:20:54.:21:07.

Kiprotich, the Ugandan. Abshero in third place, the Ethiopian false

:21:07.:21:11.

start and Kirui trying to go with them. The gap is only seven or

:21:11.:21:16.

eight seconds now. It is a significant move from Stephen

:21:16.:21:21.

Kiprotich. The Ugandan, who not surprisingly, decided he wanted to

:21:21.:21:26.

be a top-class runner. He was making progress, but there wasn't

:21:26.:21:36.
:21:36.:21:41.

enough training partners in Uganda, so he moved. He moved to El The

:21:41.:21:51.
:21:51.:21:54.

Ruts, and Wilson Kipsang and Kiprotich is building a hotel there.

:21:54.:21:58.

It wouldn't be difficult to count in your head, and you are all doing

:21:58.:22:04.

that now. To look at this, it is such a hot day, you don't normally

:22:04.:22:12.

see a leads runners going for a bit of spray, certainly races in the UK.

:22:12.:22:16.

Kirui, I think he still has something to say here, Kirui. He

:22:16.:22:22.

judges his races very well. This attempt, dos Santos is struggling

:22:22.:22:28.

now. These athletes in front of him are pushing on. The attempt to

:22:28.:22:34.

close the gap, maybe it is a little rash from Stephen Kiprotich. But it

:22:34.:22:44.
:22:44.:22:57.

them. Abel Kirui, twice what champion, Steve was saying, he

:22:57.:23:03.

judges his races well. You don't become world champion twice if you

:23:03.:23:10.

don't judge your races well, moving into second place. So, for the

:23:10.:23:15.

first time the Kenyans now have first and second in the marathon.

:23:15.:23:21.

The famous red, green and black vest of Kenya. Slightly

:23:21.:23:27.

disappointing Games overall for them, two gold medals in the back.

:23:27.:23:33.

Two chances of a gold medal in this event. You almost feel as though

:23:33.:23:36.

they have to win the marathon. They dominate the marathon throughout

:23:36.:23:46.
:23:46.:23:48.

the year, and may have done throughout the years. The gap was

:23:48.:23:53.

seven seconds as suggested. Kirui looks the strongest and looks as

:23:53.:24:00.

though he is ready for this four- star heat allow it Kiprotich to

:24:00.:24:04.

accelerate a little bit too much but went with him. Kirui looking

:24:04.:24:14.
:24:14.:24:17.

relaxed and strong. The leader has slowed down again. He is not

:24:17.:24:21.

slowing dramatically, but the others are sensing its and they

:24:21.:24:28.

have made a more gradual move back. So when they are running at B15

:24:28.:24:38.
:24:38.:24:43.

minute pace, it was the 15km section. -- 1, five kilometres

:24:43.:24:53.
:24:53.:24:53.

section. Only time will tell. Time is ticking away. That lead, only

:24:53.:24:58.

seven seconds, and how many times have we seen over the years, and

:24:58.:25:04.

Brendan has said, the last two, three miles, these positions can

:25:04.:25:08.

change and you can lose a couple of minutes it just in the last couple

:25:08.:25:13.

of miles. If you look at the position of 25 kilometres, this

:25:14.:25:19.

won't be the same order as the finishing. Because it is a warm day,

:25:19.:25:25.

it has been unusual the way the race has been run. Some of them

:25:25.:25:28.

will be tired from the way they did it will stop others will be more

:25:28.:25:34.

control because they gradually picked the pace up. But it is

:25:34.:25:42.

Kiprotich, Kirui, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, and then Abshero. That

:25:43.:25:46.

order won't be the same at the finish because that is what happens.

:25:46.:25:53.

You cannot tell and I think it will hit them late. This is a brave

:25:53.:26:01.

effort by the fastest marathon runner in the field. That is the

:26:01.:26:08.

world champion Kirui, just behind him now. Has him in his sights. If

:26:08.:26:15.

you are just joining us, the lead was around 20 seconds at one point,

:26:15.:26:21.

Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, but Wilson Kipsang, he is more

:26:21.:26:26.

generally known as, at the winner of the London Marathon, the fastest

:26:26.:26:34.

man in the field, has been leading since the six-mile mark. He made a

:26:34.:26:42.

big effort and probably went too hard. He senses, he has his team

:26:42.:26:52.
:26:52.:26:55.

mate, Kirui following him. Dos Santos is very consistency but not

:26:55.:27:00.

the quality of these guys. And Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda is

:27:00.:27:10.
:27:10.:27:21.

having the best race of his career effects on the leader, as it looks

:27:21.:27:26.

as though the lead will disappear in the next mile or so. Will he be

:27:26.:27:36.
:27:36.:27:38.

able to go with them as they come past? There is the blue line, it

:27:38.:27:48.
:27:48.:27:54.

signifiers the shortest route and route around.

:27:54.:27:59.

We were privileged to have Haile Gebrselassie to join us, to give us

:27:59.:28:06.

an insight into how the Ethiopians have chosen their team. They didn't

:28:06.:28:11.

win the 5,000, they didn't win the 10,000. They don't look as if they

:28:11.:28:16.

will win the marathon. The Ethiopian men have struggled in

:28:16.:28:21.

these Olympic Games. The leader is just going part,

:28:21.:28:27.

water and sponge. Abel Kirui seems to be more tuned in, he spotted it

:28:27.:28:37.
:28:37.:28:42.

a while back. Whereas our Leader is just focusing ahead. Now, after 15

:28:42.:28:48.

kilometres, he has been rejoined by his team-mate, the world champion

:28:48.:28:56.

Abel Kirui, and Kiprotich of Uganda. All three of these men trained in

:28:56.:29:06.
:29:06.:29:09.

the rift Valley End Uganda. -- in Kenya. Psychologically, this is

:29:09.:29:13.

important for Wilson Kipsang. Will he let them run with him or when he

:29:14.:29:18.

tried to break away again. There are huge crowds here, we sink a

:29:18.:29:25.

great race. We had a leader, at some point in athletics history,

:29:25.:29:31.

you see men run away from a field like this. He had a 21 second gap.

:29:31.:29:37.

And now, he is running abreast with two men he knows very well, two men

:29:37.:29:44.

he runs with when he is at home in Kenya. Now, can Kenya when their

:29:44.:29:48.

third a Olympic gold medal, or, is the man from Uganda going to be the

:29:48.:29:56.

first man from Uganda to win a gold medal in the marathon?

:29:56.:30:02.

Interesting times. Ayele Abshero, in the distance, in 4th place.

:30:02.:30:12.
:30:12.:30:13.

Further down the road, Dos Santos of Brazil in 5th place. The bike

:30:13.:30:21.

camera behind the lead three. It is odd, this almost feels like

:30:21.:30:29.

this should be the last couple of miles. They have another lap to go.

:30:29.:30:33.

It really feels as though this would be reaching the climax of the

:30:33.:30:38.

race. There is an awful lot of running still to do. When you talk

:30:38.:30:44.

about another lap to go, that doesn't sound bad, but a lack is

:30:44.:30:54.
:30:54.:30:54.

eight miles. -- a lap. Big Ben Clarke's the point where they take

:30:54.:31:04.
:31:04.:31:08.

a right town. -- marks the point of a right turn.

:31:08.:31:13.

The south bank providing a fantastic view. I don't think

:31:13.:31:17.

anybody could ever believe London would have responded like this to

:31:17.:31:27.
:31:27.:31:29.

the Olympic Games, or in that total, and to the mad and in particular.

:31:29.:31:34.

As they run along the Embankment. The great sights of London being

:31:34.:31:39.

transported in all their glory, all around the world. Dos Santos of

:31:39.:31:49.
:31:49.:31:53.

Brazil. He isn't sick place. -- is in sixth place.

:31:53.:32:00.

The leading group has settled down. Wilson Kipsang, Kiprotich, the

:32:01.:32:07.

early leader led for almost half the distance. Now, he has company.

:32:07.:32:15.

The fabled Abel Kirui, and the man with ambition. At the age of 17, he

:32:15.:32:22.

said he would leave home, go to Kenya, and be a full-time runner.

:32:22.:32:32.

The leading Ethiopian. There may be better of runners at home than the

:32:32.:32:38.

three days selected today for the London 2012 Olympics Marathon.

:32:38.:32:46.

Scott Overall was in the 27th position, at the 25 kilometre or

:32:46.:32:56.
:32:56.:32:58.

point. Scott Overall, he has done pretty well, half way it in at 65.

:32:58.:33:08.
:33:08.:33:10.

Not far off his personal best. Lee Merrien was not far behind. 46th

:33:10.:33:17.

position. As we see them come into the mile -

:33:17.:33:27.
:33:27.:33:28.

- Mall. Ayele Abshero can see that group of three ahead. But as

:33:28.:33:32.

Brendon and I keep saying, more than eight miles of the toughest of

:33:32.:33:42.
:33:42.:33:43.

races. I was worried he would give me more poetry today it! Robert

:33:43.:33:50.

Browning wrote a poem in the early part of the 19th century, always

:33:50.:33:57.

credited with publicising the myth of what he did, running the

:33:57.:34:07.
:34:07.:34:09.

marathon, Athens, announcing victory, the idea of running from

:34:09.:34:14.

Marathon. And that became the world's most gruelling event.

:34:14.:34:22.

is a brilliant introduction to you recited it, Steve! I could read it,

:34:22.:34:28.

if it were in front of me. They are grabbing at water bottles and

:34:28.:34:35.

sponges. Olsson hasn't been bothering with that. -- Wilson

:34:35.:34:43.

Kipsang. There were some words exchanged with Abel Kirui, I wonder

:34:44.:34:53.
:34:54.:34:56.

if he is saying, we can work together. To get Stephen Kiprotich,

:34:56.:35:06.

I presume they know each other pretty well. They will want to work

:35:06.:35:15.

together to ensure there is a Kenyan one, two. After Buckingham

:35:15.:35:25.
:35:25.:35:30.

Palace, the last laps macro. -- lap. The gaps behind these lead 3 are

:35:30.:35:40.
:35:40.:35:44.

getting bigger and bigger. Look at the crowds. Incredible. Buckingham

:35:44.:35:54.
:35:54.:36:21.

as if he is running tide at the be the finishing straight the next

:36:21.:36:25.

time around. A eight miles a go, the crowds

:36:25.:36:31.

around us are getting really cheering. Kiprotich of Uganda,

:36:31.:36:39.

Wilson Kipsang of Kenya. In 4th place, Ayele Abshero. If you look

:36:39.:36:46.

at those four places, the only thing for certain is it won't be

:36:46.:36:50.

the same order when they come back the next time. Some of them are

:36:50.:36:57.

struggling. Ayele Abshero, only in his second marathon. And I imagine

:36:57.:37:00.

I good friend Haile Gebrselassie will be disappointed with the way

:37:00.:37:07.

the selectors of Ethiopia have picked their team. Dos Santos,

:37:07.:37:17.
:37:17.:37:22.

through in 6th place. A real delight to watch the race unfold on

:37:22.:37:29.

TV, but, to be here, where this atmosphere is magical. The red

:37:29.:37:39.
:37:39.:37:41.

carpet of the Mall. The Queen Victoria Memorial. Mokoka looks

:37:41.:37:51.

tired. We are able to get a close- up view. We are looking for the

:37:51.:37:55.

British athletes who are acquitting themselves really well, this must

:37:55.:37:58.

be an experience of a lifetime for those men. They have worked hard

:37:58.:38:03.

for it, Scott Overall and Lee Merrien. They both deserve to be

:38:03.:38:09.

here. The boat handling themselves quite well. For British athletics

:38:09.:38:18.

and British distance running, these are marvellous hours.

:38:18.:38:26.

Through Admiralty Arch, into Trafalgar Square. That is where it

:38:26.:38:33.

all began. Singapore, Trafalgar Square, the celebrations in 2005.

:38:33.:38:38.

The players went crazy then, and it is going crazy today. They turned

:38:38.:38:44.

down Northumberland Avenue, back towards Embankment again. Ayele

:38:44.:38:54.
:38:54.:39:09.

Abshero chooses to vote through the That is because it was Wilson

:39:09.:39:13.

Kipsang who had been reading. The others have maintained their pace,

:39:13.:39:19.

but even they have slowed a little from chasing him down. Look at

:39:19.:39:27.

Emmanuel Mutai and Asmerom, who sat back a little, who decided not go

:39:27.:39:30.

with that surge. They are picking athletes off, moving into the top

:39:30.:39:40.
:39:40.:39:42.

10. The two Japanese athletes, Arata Fujiwara and Nakamoto,

:39:42.:39:46.

committing to the split times in their mind. If you cut bladed long,

:39:46.:39:54.

you don't do so well but if you calculated right, there are some

:39:54.:40:04.
:40:04.:40:09.

than usual. They will tell us that the conditions have been difficult.

:40:09.:40:17.

Dos Santos running comfortably, pulling away from Emmanuel Mutai.

:40:17.:40:27.
:40:27.:40:30.

On to the last lap. Welcome shelter. The leaders at the feeding station.

:40:30.:40:35.

Again, up Wilson Kipsang goes straight past. The Kenyan badger

:40:35.:40:40.

road distributing the drinks but he didn't 11. Scott Overall has picked

:40:40.:40:50.
:40:50.:40:52.

up a few places. If O oar, looking a bit tired.

:40:52.:41:01.

Scott Overall. He had these two have been having a

:41:01.:41:11.
:41:11.:41:15.

good few conversations. Kiprotich, he has done well.

:41:15.:41:18.

Stephen Kiprotich, for the first time, looking as if he is

:41:18.:41:23.

struggling to stay with the two Kenyans. Starting to look more

:41:23.:41:33.
:41:33.:41:34.

laboured. He looks tired. Dos Santos was close to him. 49 seconds

:41:34.:41:40.

to the leaders, he is not catching them. Lean -- Lee Merrien,

:41:40.:41:44.

representing Great Britain and Guernsey where he comes from. He

:41:44.:41:54.
:41:54.:41:59.

crosses the line with one lap to go. Just ahead of Kenneally of Arles

:41:59.:42:09.
:42:09.:42:27.

and. -- Ireland. About five minutes any Bath and will feel increasingly

:42:27.:42:32.

more uncomfortable. When it is hot, everything from your feet to the

:42:32.:42:41.

top of your head starts to hurt. They are heading back, and for the

:42:41.:42:51.
:42:51.:42:56.

last time, out a long the river, Probably going as well as any of

:42:56.:43:02.

these athletes in the top three. It could be a top two shortly because

:43:02.:43:08.

Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, can sense these two are working

:43:08.:43:15.

together. He is sitting in behind them. Has run one marathon so far.

:43:15.:43:21.

If you wonder how all of the pictures appear the next day, they

:43:21.:43:26.

are in the media centre here, and that group of photographers were

:43:26.:43:29.

put on their bus about an hour beforehand false start and they

:43:30.:43:37.

have a prime a view of this race. And Kirui is the chatterbox amongst

:43:37.:43:43.

this group. He is probably the one that commands on more respect. When

:43:43.:43:48.

you have won titles, that is when you get to the business end of the

:43:48.:43:54.

Championship races, and they will start to look to him, I think.

:43:54.:44:04.
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Three of them together now. Running together, starting to feel this is

:44:05.:44:10.

where the medals are going to go. Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda was

:44:10.:44:16.

going through a bit of a bad patch. I thought Dos Santos was chasing

:44:16.:44:21.

and running well. He is still running well. But he is 46 seconds

:44:21.:44:31.

behind the leaders. Abshero, but tiring Ethiopian. I am sure there

:44:31.:44:34.

will be an inquiry into the Ethiopian men's distance running.

:44:34.:44:43.

The women had one the 10,000m, and the marathon. At the men have not

:44:43.:44:53.
:44:53.:44:56.

want any of them. They are fierce rivals with the Kenyans. Macca

:44:57.:45:06.
:45:07.:45:21.

working so hard, we are going to be seeing in the Mile, in half-an-hour,

:45:21.:45:25.

we will be seeing some very tired athletes false start and they have

:45:25.:45:32.

worked hard for it. -- in the Mall. You gave the crowd a bit of

:45:32.:45:37.

rehearsal when you jogged down here earlier? They got a bit of Hu

:45:37.:45:47.

didn't I? Very impressive. It was a rehearsal for the cameras? No car I

:45:47.:45:51.

was in a hurry coming back from an interview position at the other end

:45:51.:46:01.
:46:01.:46:12.

of the Mall. But a similar pace, obviously! Wilson Kipsang and Kirui.

:46:12.:46:19.

Not moving as quick as they were, these three, in the middle section

:46:19.:46:26.

of the race. Saw the race apart the very early stage. They have had to

:46:26.:46:33.

pick themselves up after that. You can see how things stand. Dos

:46:33.:46:39.

Santos in fourth place, Abshero in 5th, he is going backwards all of

:46:39.:46:48.

the time. Were one of those three to faltered, 50 seconds is a lead

:46:49.:46:54.

that could disappear. But they look comfortable together, working

:46:55.:46:59.

through this section. One of them at some point, you feel, will make

:46:59.:47:03.

a bit of a move as they circumnavigate St Paul's Cathedral

:47:03.:47:13.
:47:13.:47:41.

getting the best deal possible. -- view. The Kenyan flags waving. The

:47:41.:47:49.

Japanese contingent it as well. The Games Kenya were hoping to have,

:47:49.:47:54.

there was all sorts of talk about how many medal they were going to

:47:54.:47:59.

win false start their coaches came out and said they were going to win

:47:59.:48:07.

a hatful of gold medals. It comes across as disrespectful to the

:48:07.:48:15.

other teams. 800, 1,500m, steeplechase, the marathon, they

:48:15.:48:21.

are difficult medals to win. They are looking to finish on a high

:48:21.:48:29.

here. There are some very tired athletes. About 12 I reckon have

:48:29.:48:39.
:48:39.:48:40.

dropped out already out of the 100 as and odds and that started.

:48:41.:48:46.

have just spoken to the assistant general secretary of the

:48:46.:48:50.

international athletics federation and he said it is the best Olympic

:48:50.:48:56.

SFA athletics. He said the response to the marathon is absolutely

:48:56.:49:02.

staggering. Eyesore his boss when I was coming in, President of the I

:49:03.:49:11.

double left, -- I f f. He was referring to the stadium and he

:49:11.:49:19.

said it was incredible. And I think his words a will be echoed. It is a

:49:19.:49:25.

fantastic response to these Games by the British public, and they are

:49:25.:49:32.

carrying it right to the finish line, and of course the

:49:32.:49:37.

international athletics a federation, the mouth-watering

:49:38.:49:43.

prospects for them to have the World Championships in London in

:49:43.:49:51.

2017, back in the Olympic Stadium. It will be wonderful to have these

:49:51.:49:57.

sides back again. It it would be wonderful to see Mo Farah back in

:49:57.:50:07.
:50:07.:50:15.

the Olympic stadium in 2017. That is Mutai and Asmerom. These are two

:50:15.:50:20.

very good runners. But they are struggling now. They are very good,

:50:20.:50:27.

but they look as if they are slowing down. Mutai was going to be

:50:27.:50:36.

one of the dangers. He is an outstanding a marathon runner but

:50:36.:50:46.
:50:46.:50:46.

was unable to compete today. It looks now as though we are going to

:50:46.:50:54.

get a real, real race. One hour 42 minutes behind them. Just over 20

:50:54.:51:02.

minutes of running left. One of three, the world champion, Abel

:51:02.:51:05.

Kirui false start Dos Santos not able to make any inroads into the

:51:05.:51:14.

gap. Still running well in a lonely positions. He has a long road on

:51:14.:51:24.
:51:24.:51:25.

his own. That is Kirui, that is Wilson Kipsang. I am just worrying

:51:25.:51:31.

or why the experience of Wilson Kipsang, who has won four macro out

:51:31.:51:37.

of five marathons, why he ran the way he did. Why did he go out and

:51:37.:51:47.
:51:47.:52:07.

run at -- run so quickly, had a will be interesting this neck split

:52:07.:52:14.

when they go through 35 kilometres. After the 14.11 which was Wilson

:52:14.:52:23.

Kipsang, I suspect it might be slower. Abshero being caught now.

:52:23.:52:31.

The Ethiopian hasn't got the experience at this event yet.

:52:31.:52:36.

Finding this is difference to just going out with nice pacemakers,

:52:36.:52:45.

setting out with a game plan. This is not the same, they go off slow

:52:45.:52:51.

and then after 10 kilometres, suddenly find the pace is run at a

:52:51.:52:54.

world record pace for five kilometres, then it comes back

:52:54.:52:59.

again. Trying to make decisions whether you go with it, or sit back

:52:59.:53:04.

and take the risk others will does appear and you won't get them back

:53:04.:53:10.

again. He has learnt a lesson today. Maybe the Ethiopian selectors have

:53:10.:53:20.
:53:20.:53:24.

as well? The two Kenyans, the Bank of England have probably never seen

:53:24.:53:29.

sites like this. This is alongside the Guild Hall. Dos Santos is

:53:29.:53:35.

running strongly, but he is not catching them. The lead they have

:53:35.:53:39.

is extending am very, very slightly false start he is in fourth place,

:53:39.:53:45.

and if any mishap were to occur to the front three, he is in a strong

:53:45.:53:54.

position. There is nothing in happening behind him. The Japanese

:53:54.:54:04.

runner looking strong. Abshero is going further back. And de Almeida,

:54:04.:54:11.

the silver-medallist from Athens flying the flag. I hope they have a

:54:11.:54:16.

head for heights false start you wouldn't catch me doing that.

:54:16.:54:24.

kilometres. 7.2 kilometres to go sol stop the result is far from

:54:24.:54:33.

decided. Stephen Kiprotich, from Uganda at the back of the three.

:54:33.:54:39.

The two Kenyans, the two better known athletes, Wilson Kipsang, the

:54:39.:54:46.

second fastest marathon runner in history. 15.48, it is the slowest

:54:46.:54:50.

five kilometres split of the race. And these conditions are taking

:54:50.:54:56.

their toll. The way Wilson Kipsang round the middle of the race is

:54:56.:55:01.

also taking its toll. It is breaking up, a gap is opening

:55:01.:55:07.

between the two Kenyans and Stephen Kiprotich. Stephen Kiprotich

:55:07.:55:13.

holding his leg. It is a bad sign. The Ugandans, he looks as though he

:55:13.:55:19.

is struggling. Uganda have only ever won two medals in the Olympic

:55:19.:55:25.

Games. They won a gold medal for two years ago in the 400-metre

:55:25.:55:33.

hurdles in Munich. They won a bronze medal in 1996 in the 400m.

:55:33.:55:38.

Is this man going to run into Ugandan distance and running

:55:38.:55:43.

history? I hope he does. He has a problem with his leg and is losing

:55:43.:55:48.

a few yards on the leading group. He sacrificed his whole existence,

:55:49.:55:54.

moving away from Uganda to train in Kenya. It has paid off so far, but

:55:54.:55:59.

he is going through a difficult point will stop you look further

:55:59.:56:04.

down the field at the speed stations. The gaps are significant.

:56:04.:56:13.

In distance and in time. And those two, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, and

:56:13.:56:18.

Abel Kirui, the twice world champion, beginning to break away

:56:18.:56:23.

from Stephen Kiprotich. I hope he can stay in touch. There is a long

:56:23.:56:29.

way to go. An awful lot is going to change. You cannot predict the gold

:56:29.:56:36.

medal. You cannot even predict the podium finish. It looks to be

:56:36.:56:40.

locked on for these three, but I am worried about Stephen Kiprotich. He

:56:40.:56:46.

keeps clutching at the top of his leg. This is a renewed effort from

:56:46.:56:53.

the man who certainly earlier on, went too hard when he went to the

:56:53.:57:01.

front. He was pegged back. This is another effort from Wilson Kipsang.

:57:01.:57:11.
:57:11.:57:14.

That is the battle for 5th and 6th. The American trying to hang on to

:57:14.:57:19.

the Japanese athlete. When your legs are dead, this is not a

:57:19.:57:25.

particularly enjoyable way to have to keep running. He is having a

:57:25.:57:34.

look behind. Looking to see of this gap starts to build will he be

:57:35.:57:39.

under pressure from behind. Might think he will be happy with a top-

:57:39.:57:46.

six finish. It is Wilson Kipsang making a big effort. At the second

:57:46.:57:51.

time he is wanting to push on. Making an effort to try and win

:57:51.:57:56.

this. The first time was too early. It was too quick, couldn't be

:57:56.:58:03.

maintained all sustained. And now, he finds Kirui once more moves

:58:03.:58:13.
:58:13.:58:26.

along the Embankment. Abel Kirui. The two of them pulling a few yards

:58:26.:58:34.

away. Stephen Kiprotich. When you hear about an athlete life -- like

:58:34.:58:41.

him, at the age of 17, deciding to be a runner. It means more in Kenya

:58:41.:58:48.

and Uganda. So, he moves from Uganda, to Kenya. He is now in a

:58:48.:58:53.

position, with six kilometres remaining. A medal position, for

:58:53.:59:00.

his country. Never been there before in a distance race. Never

:59:00.:59:07.

been there beyond 400m from the track. I certainly really hope that

:59:07.:59:13.

Stephen Kiprotich can just hang on and get a medal. Maybe even better

:59:13.:59:19.

than that. He has not lost this race to get. There is Dos Santos.

:59:19.:59:29.
:59:29.:59:32.

Look how far behind, they turned a while ago. Four minutes. 1.14

:59:32.:59:36.

minutes behind the leaders. He is well aware of it. He is still

:59:36.:59:46.
:59:46.:59:56.

running strong, Dos Santos. Nakamoto and Kifle. -- Keflezighi.

:59:56.:00:02.

Having a good race. I think they were hoping that Hall would produce

:00:02.:00:05.

something special but he was the first to drop out with a hamstring

:00:05.:00:12.

problem. You are right, Kiprotich has not lost this yet. They have

:00:12.:00:16.

pushed on a little. Certainly, Wilson Kipsang pushed on. Abel

:00:16.:00:22.

Kirui was not ready to push on. He joined his team mate. But they

:00:22.:00:27.

haven't been able to sustain that pace. Therefore, Kiprotich is still

:00:27.:00:31.

in contention, at least for him at will, if not actually to win this.

:00:32.:00:40.

He is only six metres adrift. What happened there? Steve, I think he

:00:40.:00:47.

heard you. Suddenly, at Stephen Kiprotich, the athlete who lives in

:00:47.:00:57.

Kenya, who was brought up in Uganda. He moved to better his running. Now

:00:57.:01:04.

he leads an Olympic marathon. go quite so hard up? You feel good,

:01:04.:01:12.

are you think, I am ready. He is either thinking he is feeling

:01:12.:01:18.

incredibly well. Abel Kirui, started to try to give chase but

:01:18.:01:24.

that is a gap which has built very quickly. If it has been too quick,

:01:24.:01:29.

remains to be seen. The Kenyans couldn't get away. They went around

:01:29.:01:36.

a couple of corners, it has turned into a 20-metre lead. We saw in

:01:36.:01:43.

Manchester a few weeks ago, 4th in the 10K, behind Haile Gebrselassie

:01:44.:01:49.

and Ayele Abshero. If you had said he would be leading the Olympic

:01:49.:01:54.

marathon in London, at this point in the race, the Ugandan athlete, a

:01:54.:02:00.

country which has never won an Olympic medal beyond 400m.

:02:00.:02:06.

Unbelievable. How quickly has he responded? I thought he was

:02:06.:02:10.

struggling earlier with his leg, that doesn't seem to be bothering

:02:10.:02:15.

him in the last few minutes. He is getting the roar of the crowd. It

:02:16.:02:20.

is a sight we have never seen in a marathon before, so close to the

:02:20.:02:26.

finish, an athlete from Uganda. Another African athlete. It is not

:02:26.:02:32.

over yet but this is a significant lead. He was 10m behind. The camera

:02:32.:02:37.

went behind. When we picked him up on the other side, he was in the

:02:37.:02:43.

lead. That was like a 1,500m surge. It has paid off for him, he is

:02:43.:02:50.

reading. That lead, if anything, it is being extended. He is looking

:02:50.:02:59.

strong. Every stride is a strong one for the Ugandan, but in

:02:59.:03:04.

daylight between himself and the world champion, Abel Kirui, of

:03:04.:03:13.

Kenya. He was running much wider around that bend and he needs to.

:03:13.:03:18.

Look at Wilson Kipsang, in their place, the fastest man in the field.

:03:18.:03:25.

He ran a strange race, going off so quickly. He has ignored his own

:03:25.:03:32.

drinks at the water stations. I am surprised the overall way he has

:03:33.:03:39.

run this race. At the halfway point, one hour and three minutes. Stephen

:03:39.:03:45.

Kiprotich was off the pace, well away from the lead. An update on

:03:45.:03:51.

Scott Overall, he is really suffering. He has dropped 20 places

:03:51.:03:56.

in the last five kilometre section. He has been passed by Lee Merrien

:03:56.:04:04.

who has picked up 10 places. In 34th position. Six minutes behind

:04:04.:04:14.
:04:14.:04:16.

the leaders. 45 seconds behind him is a struggling Scott Overall.

:04:16.:04:19.

Kiprotich leading. Abel Kirui constantly dropping that right arm,

:04:20.:04:26.

trying to relax. But it doesn't matter. About relaxing at this

:04:26.:04:32.

point. He has to try to find something, somehow, all hope that

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Kiprotich has some have judged this wrong. With about are four

:04:36.:04:41.

kilometres to go. Dos Santos, does he have a chance of catching Wilson

:04:41.:04:49.

Kipsang, a good minute ahead. I don't know if Wilson Kipsang will

:04:49.:04:59.
:04:59.:04:59.

fade that badly. But you can lose a minute in the last mile easily.

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:05:09.:05:15.

Keflezighi and Nakamoto, contesting Keflezighi... There is Scott

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Overall, the first because we have seen him. Really struggling, he has

:05:20.:05:27.

slowed down significantly. He went halfway in 65 minutes, which would

:05:27.:05:33.

be expected of him. But he is really struggling. And though he

:05:33.:05:37.

won't want to give up, he will want to get to the finish line if he

:05:37.:05:44.

possibly can. We will keep you posted. We hope to stay to watch

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the two British athletes over the line. Is this over, Brendan, or is

:05:48.:05:53.

there more to come? He has spent a lot of time looking over his

:05:53.:05:59.

shoulder. What a remarkable story it if Stephen Kiprotich can win

:05:59.:06:06.

this. Running along the Embankment. This is what we see every year in

:06:06.:06:11.

the London Marathon. He had never run here before. Lots of the others

:06:11.:06:18.

have. Their fears, crossing over, looking for the Ugandan flak. Sorry,

:06:18.:06:25.

that is the Kenyan, Abel Kirui, in second place. We are looking,

:06:25.:06:32.

previously, at Stephen Kiprotich. Now, the world champion gets his

:06:32.:06:42.
:06:42.:06:42.

drink. I am not sure if Kiprotich bothered. 38.8 kilometres. As

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Stephen Kiprotich, a shock, a pleasant shock, a great one. The

:06:52.:06:56.

crowds of roaring him on and he will appreciate that. It will be

:06:56.:07:06.
:07:06.:07:06.

interesting, they might start closing down. Mo farrow macro has

:07:06.:07:16.
:07:16.:07:31.

been there to train, to see how the the south Bank, the Royal Family.

:07:31.:07:38.

To cheers and support along the route has not waned one bit. Still

:07:38.:07:41.

looking behind but that lead is getting bigger with every stride.

:07:41.:07:47.

Abel Kirui, the world champion. Solid, in second place, but not

:07:47.:07:55.

able to do anything about this. Stephen Kiprotich. Relaxed. Of

:07:55.:08:05.

course he is tight, it has been a tough way to run this race. -- he

:08:05.:08:15.
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two miles to go, for those two. One more look behind for Kiprotich,

:08:25.:08:32.

PCS Abel Kirui going across for some water. He looks too strong to

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come under pressure. They he looks really strong. I

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don't want him to be worrying and looking over his shoulder, I want

:08:43.:08:52.

him to concentrate on how far to go. There is a bronze medal position at

:08:52.:08:58.

the moment, Wilson Kipsang. He won the London Marathon here, he beat

:08:58.:09:07.

his team-mate Abel Kirui on that occasion who was 6th. Abel Kirui,

:09:07.:09:12.

one of the best. Kiprotich, acknowledging the support, already

:09:12.:09:22.
:09:22.:09:39.

see some Ethiopian flags. He will be looking for a Ugandan flag. He

:09:39.:09:47.

is quite a well known 1000 on the road rage -- road racing circuit.

:09:47.:09:54.

Goodness knows what this will mean when he goes home. His training

:09:54.:10:01.

mate, the former world champion. We are looking at the second place,

:10:01.:10:10.

Abel Kirui. If you look at that gap, 19 seconds. They are beyond the 40

:10:10.:10:16.

kilometre point. Now, he has to concentrate. Please, don't look

:10:16.:10:22.

over your shoulder. Just keep running, finish this last mile, do

:10:22.:10:32.
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all the celebrating you want to. That 40 kilometre., reached in the

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two hours, one minute and 12 seconds. Considering what had

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happened 5K before, 15.48. An injection of pace. Which was begun

:10:54.:10:58.

by the Kenyans. Then he picked it up and has pushed on and they have

:10:58.:11:06.

suffered. He had a little glass behind at the corner. -- little

:11:06.:11:16.
:11:16.:11:39.

honestly did not think we would be saying that. Kenya have dominated

:11:39.:11:43.

Marathon all throughout the year, the major city marathons, the

:11:43.:11:47.

Kenyans have been winning. Stephen Kiprotich first entered the mouth

:11:47.:11:52.

and because he was invited to be a pacemaker a few years ago. He

:11:52.:12:02.
:12:02.:12:10.

stayed on, after being a pacemaker the years we have been doing the

:12:10.:12:14.

London Marathon, I never thought I would see more people on the roads

:12:14.:12:18.

in London than we do seek in the London Marathon. Today, in the

:12:18.:12:28.
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Olympic marathon, we are looking at Stephen Kiprotich. Looking strong.

:12:28.:12:33.

Doing the business. Not far to go now. The crowds are beginning to

:12:33.:12:37.

gather around here. They will see a site not one of them would have bet

:12:38.:12:47.
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on. Two hours and seven, his best of time. Uganda have waited 40

:12:48.:12:58.
:12:58.:13:02.

years since Munich 19 scented to -- 1972. Only the second ever gold-

:13:02.:13:08.

medallist from that country, it will be a huge beast -- boost.

:13:08.:13:15.

Wilson Kipsang has faded away. He has run, not a clever race. Stephen

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Kiprotich has run a brilliant race. I had thought he was struggling

:13:19.:13:25.

with his race but he relaxed. He is taking on water, I am delighted to

:13:25.:13:33.

see that. He is on his way to history. A proud country, a proud

:13:33.:13:43.
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at the age of 17. He is now 23. I bet the London Marathon seen will

:13:53.:13:58.

be getting hold of him straight after this. He will be coming back

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to London, he loves it so much. What a great story, what a great

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result. What a great young man and what great ambition he has shown to

:14:12.:14:20.

move away from his home, to pursue his athletic dream. And there he

:14:20.:14:27.

comes, Abel Kirui in second place for start Kenya, two gold medals in

:14:27.:14:32.

the Olympic Games. A disappointing Olympic Games from their point of

:14:32.:14:42.
:14:42.:14:43.

view. This man, in front of Buckingham Palace and the Queen

:14:43.:14:48.

Victoria Memorial, with the crowds thronging the streets, what an

:14:48.:14:54.

experience this must have been, as he swings round and he lines up.

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All he has to look at is the red carpets of the Mall and he knows he

:14:58.:15:07.

is on his way to the finish. Well done Stephen Kiprotich. The last

:15:07.:15:15.

corner of the marathon. About 350 metres away he will be able to see

:15:15.:15:21.

the finished tape. They have got it out ready for him. This man, who

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came here with a personal best of just two hours, seven minutes and

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20, completely unfancied. Nobody would have put him down as a medal

:15:33.:15:38.

contender. He won't be too far outside his personal best. The

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smile breaks out across his face. One of seven children. The

:15:43.:15:49.

sacrifices he went on to make for his athletics career. They have

:15:49.:15:53.

come too rich fruition at the Olympic Games. Stephen Kiprotich of

:15:53.:15:59.

Uganda, enjoying these last few strides as the crowd in the Mall

:15:59.:16:05.

rise to him. The cameras are out, the flags are being waved. The

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world champion, Kirui wasn't able to do anything about it. The

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Kenyans thought they have this one in terms of another gold medal for

:16:15.:16:20.

them. But it wasn't to be. It is the flag of Uganda draped across

:16:20.:16:25.

the shoulders of Stephen Kiprotich will be waived. The gold medal for

:16:26.:16:35.

Uganda. The race of his life, he is the Olympic champion. One of the

:16:35.:16:40.

quickest races of his career, in these conditions. What a time to

:16:40.:16:50.
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find the best you have ever done. World champion, Kirui comes in for

:16:51.:17:01.
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Kenya, vindicating his selection. It has been a long wait the Uganda.

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As Brendan was saying, since 1972 and now they have a new hero.

:17:10.:17:20.
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this man, Wilson Kipsang, I think ramp a strange race, Steve? Wilson

:17:24.:17:30.

Kipsang is in the Mall, on his way to the finish for the bronze medal

:17:30.:17:38.

for Kenya. And there he is. To be honest, I think he lost the race

:17:38.:17:42.

because of his own tactics. Disappointing to see the fastest

:17:42.:17:47.

man in the field, the second fastest marathon runner in history,

:17:47.:17:53.

not able to judge it in a big competition. They get so used to

:17:53.:17:58.

pacemakers in these races, when you run a race, you sometimes make a

:17:58.:18:04.

wrong judgment. And that was the wrong judgments by a very talented

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runner. A bronze medal for his efforts. Kenya, a silver and a

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bronze in an Olympic marathon is a great achievement for the

:18:21.:18:27.

individual athlete, but their team management will be looking at it as

:18:27.:18:37.
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a failure. Keflezighi, ahead of Dos Santos. Nakamoto in 6th place at

:18:38.:18:45.

the moment. Keflezighi, a very good run from him, the man who took the

:18:45.:18:51.

silver-medal eight years ago. He he might be as surprised as anyone to

:18:51.:19:01.

find out who the winner was. Lee Merrien is still going OK, has

:19:01.:19:08.

picked up another few places and has moved into 30th place. But

:19:08.:19:14.

coming to finish his marathon, it has been a long, hot day, and he

:19:14.:19:22.

will be able to hold his head up high. Keflezighi. Fourth place at

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the USA has been received with great pleasure, Stars and Stripes

:19:29.:19:36.

all over at the finish line. Dos Santos just caught. He finishes 5th

:19:36.:19:45.

of. And Nakamoto of Japan finishes in 6th. It was a comfortable win in

:19:45.:19:49.

the end by Stephen Kiprotich and Uganda. Our long wait for another

:19:49.:19:56.

gold medal for his country, 1972. He must be tired, but a later.

:19:56.:20:00.

Congratulations, what a wonderful performance. Only the second gold

:20:00.:20:07.

medal for Uganda, what will this mean to your country? It means a

:20:07.:20:14.

lot, since 1972 we have never won a medal. I am very happy to have done

:20:14.:20:19.

this false start you made a lot of sacrifices, at the end of 17 going

:20:19.:20:29.
:20:29.:20:48.

to Kenya to train. How did that are having a language barrier with

:20:48.:20:58.
:20:58.:21:04.

him, but you can tell by the smile on his face he is a happy man.

:21:04.:21:08.

STUDIO: lots of people surprised to see him come over the line first?

:21:08.:21:12.

It was a surprise, it is almost like the curse of the Olympic

:21:12.:21:17.

marathon. If you look back in history, for the last few Olympic

:21:17.:21:20.

marathons, whoever has been the favoured going into the right, has

:21:20.:21:26.

not won. Stephen Kiprotich's name was never in the frame. We thought

:21:26.:21:31.

it was a battle between Kenya and Ethiopia, but Ethiopia had nothing

:21:31.:21:36.

to show. It was dramatic, with a few kilometres lap, Stephen

:21:36.:21:40.

Kiprotich looked like he was struggling, holding his leg. When

:21:40.:21:46.

he kicked, it was such a decisive move, the others had no response.

:21:46.:21:50.

It seems like a fitting end that so many people have come out onto the

:21:50.:21:55.

streets. It has been a common theme the way the nation has got behind

:21:55.:21:59.

these Games. What a display, Brendan was saying he has never

:21:59.:22:04.

seen this street like it for a marathon? The facts Stephen

:22:04.:22:08.

Kiprotich ran 40 seconds slower than his personal best, you

:22:08.:22:12.

wouldn't expect to see that in an Olympic marathon. The crowds have

:22:12.:22:17.

been amazing. In all the big city races I have done, I have never

:22:17.:22:21.

seen this number of people out on the course, cheering and offering

:22:21.:22:26.

their support. It is a great end up for the athletics at the Olympic

:22:26.:22:31.

Games. We will go back to Steve and

:22:31.:22:41.
:22:41.:22:45.

Brendan to see the British athletes city marathon, they may not choose

:22:45.:22:50.

to extend their stay on the course when they are having a bad day, but

:22:50.:22:55.

when it the Olympic marathon, you want to finish. Lee Merrien, we're

:22:55.:23:03.

just waiting for him. He is heading for a top 30 finish. This is one of

:23:03.:23:10.

the best marathon runners in the world. He has won here in London.

:23:10.:23:13.

Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai, crossing the line, very, very tired

:23:13.:23:20.

athlete. He is in 17th position. Just look at what it is doing to

:23:20.:23:30.
:23:30.:23:30.

are running at lunchtime, 12 o'clock. The hottest part of the

:23:30.:23:40.
:23:40.:23:41.

day. To be fair to the athletes, the shop steward would have asked

:23:41.:23:51.
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to start at 8 o'clock. Courts back in 1948, -- the Belgian athlete was

:23:52.:24:02.

in the lead going into the stadium. He staggered in. I think the

:24:02.:24:07.

British athlete came through. The Argentinian Guy won the race. Tom

:24:07.:24:15.

Richardson won the single muddle. - - silver medal. These last few

:24:15.:24:19.

yards are often the hardest, and it's the mental strength that gets

:24:19.:24:23.

you to the finish line. Lots of people have now experience that for

:24:23.:24:30.

themselves, of course, in big city marathons around the world. Waiting

:24:30.:24:34.

to see a Lee Merrien from Great Britain and Guernsey. We think he's

:24:34.:24:39.

very close to the finish line. He will be the first British person to

:24:39.:24:43.

finish because Scott Overall is having a difficult day out there.

:24:43.:24:49.

He was going well for a while but conditions took a toll on him.

:24:49.:24:59.
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absolutely fantastic. The crowds have been kinder. The weather has

:25:02.:25:08.

not been kind. Here comes Lee Merrien of Great Britain. Well done.

:25:08.:25:12.

Well done for getting into the selection of the team. Two hours

:25:12.:25:18.

and 16 minutes. The British supporters are giving him a great,

:25:18.:25:23.

great support. Well done, Lee Merrien. He looks at his watch like

:25:23.:25:27.

the professional athlete that he is, and I think that was a decent

:25:27.:25:37.

performance. Well done to him. A top 30 finish to him. Unfortunately

:25:37.:25:41.

Scott Overall is having a difficult time, and has slipped back to 57th.

:25:41.:25:46.

I'm sure he will finish. He will be another seven or eight minutes

:25:46.:25:51.

before he crosses the line. And hope the completes his Olympic saga.

:25:51.:25:56.

A surprise winner, Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda. Wilson

:25:56.:26:01.

Kipsang Kiprotich having to settle for silver and bronze. A hot day,

:26:01.:26:06.

in terms of support, it's been great. For Brendan and I, it's been

:26:06.:26:16.
:26:16.:26:34.

a fantastic couple of weeks at the over the line up on the red button.

:26:34.:26:41.

Scott Overall will be coming through shortly. What a morning.

:26:41.:26:46.

Absolutely boiling hot. Memorable scenes a million people turned out

:26:46.:26:53.

down there to cheer everybody on. It's all over for you. You can go

:26:53.:26:59.

The streets of London should be packed to watch the men's marathon, which begins at 11.00. Matt Baker and Tanni Grey-Thompson present, with commentary by Steve Cram and Brendan Foster.


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