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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


qualification. Absolutely incredible. Tanni Grey Thompson is


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


different from the big city marathons the athletes are used to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


start running you may not immediately aspire to be in the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Kiprotich one at the London Marathon this year and will be


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


strongest competitors. They are not necessarily picking up the


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


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


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


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


Hall. Olympic marathon times, and not necessarily going completely


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


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


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


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


Very wet conditions. We're expecting something rather


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


approached Admiralty Arch. Beautiful conditions for marathon


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


London has responded to this marathon like you have never seen


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


marathon. Historically this has been the way the Games have


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


tradition. They went out through Borehamwood and then returned to


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


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


Certainly there were huge crowds around Wembley Stadium and in the


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


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


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


Heading back towards Buckingham Palace. We expected big crowds for


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


nervousness when they took their labelled drinks. The Moroccan is


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the famous, the wonderful mass participation marathon, the London


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


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


Buckingham Palace. The London Marathon team organised that event


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


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


other ways to organise. They responded last weekend to the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


bought the tickets for the grandstands have got a fantastic


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


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


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


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


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


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


hotter than this. They got some acclimatisation which they might


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


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


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


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


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


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


massive group of athletes. Abel having completed that first short


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


lots of great champions of the past working for various broadcasters


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ethiopians picked their three fastest guys. Hayley Dobriskey


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


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


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


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


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


thought that Ethiopia had not selected their best athletes. The


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Steve Cram. That is why he has got a great


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


brilliant. He commentates around the world in English on these


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


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


Olympic bronze medallist last time is missing. Highly Gebrselassie


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


number of countries represented around the world, being cheered on


by this wonderful crowd. The British public have certainly been


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


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


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


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


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


performances have improved and improved and improved. The


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


next few months, we will see something changing in society


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


section, because it slightly downhill, it was quite slippery. It


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


you think about the contrast between this London Marathon and


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


Marathon itself, the pacemakers deliver a pace. They trained


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Kenya have won two Olympic gold medals. The steeplechase,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


during the major championships. They have lots of favourites going


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


joint the French Foreign Legion because you might end up running


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


wrong one because they were all have their own mixtures and


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


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


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


do see them sharing them occasionally. Plenty of fluids on


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the marathon that has been consistent in marathon history,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


these numbers. It would be wonderful if somebody could go


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the nation into supporting this thing. It is absolutely


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Games and celebrated and everybody cheering and then just stop.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Great Britain has shown that the sporting public love our own


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


through. Kenneally is running just ahead of him.


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


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


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


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


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


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


terms of fitness. The American journalists are disappearing to


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


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


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


Olympics Marathon, which is sad to see.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


marathon, they were having difficulty with this. They know


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


knows London very well. But he is struggling today.


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


good athletes. Getu Feleke. From Ethiopia.


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


across the bridge -- I often see people.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


in a bit of bother. This chasing group are working


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


different conditions at the World Championships last year. He is


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


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


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


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


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


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


our American television colleagues Ryan Hall came into this with a


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


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


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


will only do himself more permanent damage will stop disappointing for


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


he looks more comfortable and relaxed? This is an interesting


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


eight seconds now. It is a significant move from Stephen


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


slowing dramatically, but the others are sensing its and they


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


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


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


seven seconds, and how many times have we seen over the years, and


Brendan has said, the last two, three miles, these positions can


change and you can lose a couple of minutes it just in the last couple


of miles. If you look at the position of 25 kilometres, this


won't be the same order as the finishing. Because it is a warm day,


it has been unusual the way the race has been run. Some of them


will be tired from the way they did it will stop others will be more


control because they gradually picked the pace up. But it is


Kiprotich, Kirui, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, and then Abshero. That


order won't be the same at the finish because that is what happens.


You cannot tell and I think it will hit them late. This is a brave


effort by the fastest marathon runner in the field. That is the


world champion Kirui, just behind him now. Has him in his sights. If


you are just joining us, the lead was around 20 seconds at one point,


Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, but Wilson Kipsang, he is more


generally known as, at the winner of the London Marathon, the fastest


man in the field, has been leading since the six-mile mark. He made a


big effort and probably went too hard. He senses, he has his team


mate, Kirui following him. Dos Santos is very consistency but not


the quality of these guys. And Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda is


having the best race of his career effects on the leader, as it looks


as though the lead will disappear in the next mile or so. Will he be


able to go with them as they come past? There is the blue line, it


signifiers the shortest route and route around.


We were privileged to have Haile Gebrselassie to join us, to give us


an insight into how the Ethiopians have chosen their team. They didn't


win the 5,000, they didn't win the 10,000. They don't look as if they


will win the marathon. The Ethiopian men have struggled in


these Olympic Games. The leader is just going part,


water and sponge. Abel Kirui seems to be more tuned in, he spotted it


a while back. Whereas our Leader is just focusing ahead. Now, after 15


kilometres, he has been rejoined by his team-mate, the world champion


Abel Kirui, and Kiprotich of Uganda. All three of these men trained in


the rift Valley End Uganda. -- in Kenya. Psychologically, this is


important for Wilson Kipsang. Will he let them run with him or when he


tried to break away again. There are huge crowds here, we sink a


great race. We had a leader, at some point in athletics history,


you see men run away from a field like this. He had a 21 second gap.


And now, he is running abreast with two men he knows very well, two men


he runs with when he is at home in Kenya. Now, can Kenya when their


third a Olympic gold medal, or, is the man from Uganda going to be the


first man from Uganda to win a gold medal in the marathon?


Interesting times. Ayele Abshero, in the distance, in 4th place.


Further down the road, Dos Santos of Brazil in 5th place. The bike


camera behind the lead three. It is odd, this almost feels like


this should be the last couple of miles. They have another lap to go.


It really feels as though this would be reaching the climax of the


race. There is an awful lot of running still to do. When you talk


about another lap to go, that doesn't sound bad, but a lack is


eight miles. -- a lap. Big Ben Clarke's the point where they take


a right town. -- marks the point of a right turn.


The south bank providing a fantastic view. I don't think


anybody could ever believe London would have responded like this to


the Olympic Games, or in that total, and to the mad and in particular.


As they run along the Embankment. The great sights of London being


transported in all their glory, all around the world. Dos Santos of


Brazil. He isn't sick place. -- is in sixth place.


The leading group has settled down. Wilson Kipsang, Kiprotich, the


early leader led for almost half the distance. Now, he has company.


The fabled Abel Kirui, and the man with ambition. At the age of 17, he


said he would leave home, go to Kenya, and be a full-time runner.


The leading Ethiopian. There may be better of runners at home than the


three days selected today for the London 2012 Olympics Marathon.


Scott Overall was in the 27th position, at the 25 kilometre or


point. Scott Overall, he has done pretty well, half way it in at 65.


Not far off his personal best. Lee Merrien was not far behind. 46th


position. As we see them come into the mile -


- Mall. Ayele Abshero can see that group of three ahead. But as


Brendon and I keep saying, more than eight miles of the toughest of


races. I was worried he would give me more poetry today it! Robert


Browning wrote a poem in the early part of the 19th century, always


credited with publicising the myth of what he did, running the


marathon, Athens, announcing victory, the idea of running from


Marathon. And that became the world's most gruelling event.


is a brilliant introduction to you recited it, Steve! I could read it,


if it were in front of me. They are grabbing at water bottles and


sponges. Olsson hasn't been bothering with that. -- Wilson


Kipsang. There were some words exchanged with Abel Kirui, I wonder


if he is saying, we can work together. To get Stephen Kiprotich,


I presume they know each other pretty well. They will want to work


together to ensure there is a Kenyan one, two. After Buckingham


Palace, the last laps macro. -- lap. The gaps behind these lead 3 are


getting bigger and bigger. Look at the crowds. Incredible. Buckingham


as if he is running tide at the be the finishing straight the next


time around. A eight miles a go, the crowds


around us are getting really cheering. Kiprotich of Uganda,


Wilson Kipsang of Kenya. In 4th place, Ayele Abshero. If you look


at those four places, the only thing for certain is it won't be


the same order when they come back the next time. Some of them are


struggling. Ayele Abshero, only in his second marathon. And I imagine


I good friend Haile Gebrselassie will be disappointed with the way


the selectors of Ethiopia have picked their team. Dos Santos,


through in 6th place. A real delight to watch the race unfold on


TV, but, to be here, where this atmosphere is magical. The red


carpet of the Mall. The Queen Victoria Memorial. Mokoka looks


tired. We are able to get a close- up view. We are looking for the


British athletes who are acquitting themselves really well, this must


be an experience of a lifetime for those men. They have worked hard


for it, Scott Overall and Lee Merrien. They both deserve to be


here. The boat handling themselves quite well. For British athletics


and British distance running, these are marvellous hours.


Through Admiralty Arch, into Trafalgar Square. That is where it


all began. Singapore, Trafalgar Square, the celebrations in 2005.


The players went crazy then, and it is going crazy today. They turned


down Northumberland Avenue, back towards Embankment again. Ayele


Abshero chooses to vote through the That is because it was Wilson


Kipsang who had been reading. The others have maintained their pace,


but even they have slowed a little from chasing him down. Look at


Emmanuel Mutai and Asmerom, who sat back a little, who decided not go


with that surge. They are picking athletes off, moving into the top


10. The two Japanese athletes, Arata Fujiwara and Nakamoto,


committing to the split times in their mind. If you cut bladed long,


you don't do so well but if you calculated right, there are some


than usual. They will tell us that the conditions have been difficult.


Dos Santos running comfortably, pulling away from Emmanuel Mutai.


On to the last lap. Welcome shelter. The leaders at the feeding station.


Again, up Wilson Kipsang goes straight past. The Kenyan badger


road distributing the drinks but he didn't 11. Scott Overall has picked


up a few places. If O oar, looking a bit tired.


Scott Overall. He had these two have been having a


good few conversations. Kiprotich, he has done well.


Stephen Kiprotich, for the first time, looking as if he is


struggling to stay with the two Kenyans. Starting to look more


laboured. He looks tired. Dos Santos was close to him. 49 seconds


to the leaders, he is not catching them. Lean -- Lee Merrien,


representing Great Britain and Guernsey where he comes from. He


crosses the line with one lap to go. Just ahead of Kenneally of Arles


and. -- Ireland. About five minutes any Bath and will feel increasingly


more uncomfortable. When it is hot, everything from your feet to the


top of your head starts to hurt. They are heading back, and for the


last time, out a long the river, Probably going as well as any of


these athletes in the top three. It could be a top two shortly because


Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, can sense these two are working


together. He is sitting in behind them. Has run one marathon so far.


If you wonder how all of the pictures appear the next day, they


are in the media centre here, and that group of photographers were


put on their bus about an hour beforehand false start and they


have a prime a view of this race. And Kirui is the chatterbox amongst


this group. He is probably the one that commands on more respect. When


you have won titles, that is when you get to the business end of the


Championship races, and they will start to look to him, I think.


Three of them together now. Running together, starting to feel this is


where the medals are going to go. Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda was


going through a bit of a bad patch. I thought Dos Santos was chasing


and running well. He is still running well. But he is 46 seconds


behind the leaders. Abshero, but tiring Ethiopian. I am sure there


will be an inquiry into the Ethiopian men's distance running.


The women had one the 10,000m, and the marathon. At the men have not


want any of them. They are fierce rivals with the Kenyans. Macca


working so hard, we are going to be seeing in the Mile, in half-an-hour,


we will be seeing some very tired athletes false start and they have


worked hard for it. -- in the Mall. You gave the crowd a bit of


rehearsal when you jogged down here earlier? They got a bit of Hu


didn't I? Very impressive. It was a rehearsal for the cameras? No car I


was in a hurry coming back from an interview position at the other end


of the Mall. But a similar pace, obviously! Wilson Kipsang and Kirui.


Not moving as quick as they were, these three, in the middle section


of the race. Saw the race apart the very early stage. They have had to


pick themselves up after that. You can see how things stand. Dos


Santos in fourth place, Abshero in 5th, he is going backwards all of


the time. Were one of those three to faltered, 50 seconds is a lead


that could disappear. But they look comfortable together, working


through this section. One of them at some point, you feel, will make


a bit of a move as they circumnavigate St Paul's Cathedral


getting the best deal possible. -- view. The Kenyan flags waving. The


Japanese contingent it as well. The Games Kenya were hoping to have,


there was all sorts of talk about how many medal they were going to


win false start their coaches came out and said they were going to win


a hatful of gold medals. It comes across as disrespectful to the


other teams. 800, 1,500m, steeplechase, the marathon, they


are difficult medals to win. They are looking to finish on a high


here. There are some very tired athletes. About 12 I reckon have


dropped out already out of the 100 as and odds and that started.


have just spoken to the assistant general secretary of the


international athletics federation and he said it is the best Olympic


SFA athletics. He said the response to the marathon is absolutely


staggering. Eyesore his boss when I was coming in, President of the I


double left, -- I f f. He was referring to the stadium and he


said it was incredible. And I think his words a will be echoed. It is a


fantastic response to these Games by the British public, and they are


carrying it right to the finish line, and of course the


international athletics a federation, the mouth-watering


prospects for them to have the World Championships in London in


2017, back in the Olympic Stadium. It will be wonderful to have these


sides back again. It it would be wonderful to see Mo Farah back in


the Olympic stadium in 2017. That is Mutai and Asmerom. These are two


very good runners. But they are struggling now. They are very good,


but they look as if they are slowing down. Mutai was going to be


one of the dangers. He is an outstanding a marathon runner but


was unable to compete today. It looks now as though we are going to


get a real, real race. One hour 42 minutes behind them. Just over 20


minutes of running left. One of three, the world champion, Abel


Kirui false start Dos Santos not able to make any inroads into the


gap. Still running well in a lonely positions. He has a long road on


his own. That is Kirui, that is Wilson Kipsang. I am just worrying


or why the experience of Wilson Kipsang, who has won four macro out


of five marathons, why he ran the way he did. Why did he go out and


run at -- run so quickly, had a will be interesting this neck split


when they go through 35 kilometres. After the 14.11 which was Wilson


Kipsang, I suspect it might be slower. Abshero being caught now.


The Ethiopian hasn't got the experience at this event yet.


Finding this is difference to just going out with nice pacemakers,


setting out with a game plan. This is not the same, they go off slow


and then after 10 kilometres, suddenly find the pace is run at a


world record pace for five kilometres, then it comes back


again. Trying to make decisions whether you go with it, or sit back


and take the risk others will does appear and you won't get them back


again. He has learnt a lesson today. Maybe the Ethiopian selectors have


as well? The two Kenyans, the Bank of England have probably never seen


sites like this. This is alongside the Guild Hall. Dos Santos is


running strongly, but he is not catching them. The lead they have


is extending am very, very slightly false start he is in fourth place,


and if any mishap were to occur to the front three, he is in a strong


position. There is nothing in happening behind him. The Japanese


runner looking strong. Abshero is going further back. And de Almeida,


the silver-medallist from Athens flying the flag. I hope they have a


head for heights false start you wouldn't catch me doing that.


kilometres. 7.2 kilometres to go sol stop the result is far from


decided. Stephen Kiprotich, from Uganda at the back of the three.


The two Kenyans, the two better known athletes, Wilson Kipsang, the


second fastest marathon runner in history. 15.48, it is the slowest


five kilometres split of the race. And these conditions are taking


their toll. The way Wilson Kipsang round the middle of the race is


also taking its toll. It is breaking up, a gap is opening


between the two Kenyans and Stephen Kiprotich. Stephen Kiprotich


holding his leg. It is a bad sign. The Ugandans, he looks as though he


is struggling. Uganda have only ever won two medals in the Olympic


Games. They won a gold medal for two years ago in the 400-metre


hurdles in Munich. They won a bronze medal in 1996 in the 400m.


Is this man going to run into Ugandan distance and running


history? I hope he does. He has a problem with his leg and is losing


a few yards on the leading group. He sacrificed his whole existence,


moving away from Uganda to train in Kenya. It has paid off so far, but


he is going through a difficult point will stop you look further


down the field at the speed stations. The gaps are significant.


In distance and in time. And those two, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, and


Abel Kirui, the twice world champion, beginning to break away


from Stephen Kiprotich. I hope he can stay in touch. There is a long


way to go. An awful lot is going to change. You cannot predict the gold


medal. You cannot even predict the podium finish. It looks to be


locked on for these three, but I am worried about Stephen Kiprotich. He


keeps clutching at the top of his leg. This is a renewed effort from


the man who certainly earlier on, went too hard when he went to the


front. He was pegged back. This is another effort from Wilson Kipsang.


That is the battle for 5th and 6th. The American trying to hang on to


the Japanese athlete. When your legs are dead, this is not a


particularly enjoyable way to have to keep running. He is having a


look behind. Looking to see of this gap starts to build will he be


under pressure from behind. Might think he will be happy with a top-


six finish. It is Wilson Kipsang making a big effort. At the second


time he is wanting to push on. Making an effort to try and win


this. The first time was too early. It was too quick, couldn't be


maintained all sustained. And now, he finds Kirui once more moves


along the Embankment. Abel Kirui. The two of them pulling a few yards


away. Stephen Kiprotich. When you hear about an athlete life -- like


him, at the age of 17, deciding to be a runner. It means more in Kenya


and Uganda. So, he moves from Uganda, to Kenya. He is now in a


position, with six kilometres remaining. A medal position, for


his country. Never been there before in a distance race. Never


been there beyond 400m from the track. I certainly really hope that


Stephen Kiprotich can just hang on and get a medal. Maybe even better


than that. He has not lost this race to get. There is Dos Santos.


Look how far behind, they turned a while ago. Four minutes. 1.14


minutes behind the leaders. He is well aware of it. He is still


running strong, Dos Santos. Nakamoto and Kifle. -- Keflezighi.


Having a good race. I think they were hoping that Hall would produce


something special but he was the first to drop out with a hamstring


problem. You are right, Kiprotich has not lost this yet. They have


pushed on a little. Certainly, Wilson Kipsang pushed on. Abel


Kirui was not ready to push on. He joined his team mate. But they


haven't been able to sustain that pace. Therefore, Kiprotich is still


in contention, at least for him at will, if not actually to win this.


He is only six metres adrift. What happened there? Steve, I think he


heard you. Suddenly, at Stephen Kiprotich, the athlete who lives in


Kenya, who was brought up in Uganda. He moved to better his running. Now


he leads an Olympic marathon. go quite so hard up? You feel good,


are you think, I am ready. He is either thinking he is feeling


incredibly well. Abel Kirui, started to try to give chase but


that is a gap which has built very quickly. If it has been too quick,


remains to be seen. The Kenyans couldn't get away. They went around


a couple of corners, it has turned into a 20-metre lead. We saw in


Manchester a few weeks ago, 4th in the 10K, behind Haile Gebrselassie


and Ayele Abshero. If you had said he would be leading the Olympic


marathon in London, at this point in the race, the Ugandan athlete, a


country which has never won an Olympic medal beyond 400m.


Unbelievable. How quickly has he responded? I thought he was


struggling earlier with his leg, that doesn't seem to be bothering


him in the last few minutes. He is getting the roar of the crowd. It


is a sight we have never seen in a marathon before, so close to the


finish, an athlete from Uganda. Another African athlete. It is not


over yet but this is a significant lead. He was 10m behind. The camera


went behind. When we picked him up on the other side, he was in the


lead. That was like a 1,500m surge. It has paid off for him, he is


reading. That lead, if anything, it is being extended. He is looking


strong. Every stride is a strong one for the Ugandan, but in


daylight between himself and the world champion, Abel Kirui, of


Kenya. He was running much wider around that bend and he needs to.


Look at Wilson Kipsang, in their place, the fastest man in the field.


He ran a strange race, going off so quickly. He has ignored his own


drinks at the water stations. I am surprised the overall way he has


run this race. At the halfway point, one hour and three minutes. Stephen


Kiprotich was off the pace, well away from the lead. An update on


Scott Overall, he is really suffering. He has dropped 20 places


in the last five kilometre section. He has been passed by Lee Merrien


who has picked up 10 places. In 34th position. Six minutes behind


the leaders. 45 seconds behind him is a struggling Scott Overall.


Kiprotich leading. Abel Kirui constantly dropping that right arm,


trying to relax. But it doesn't matter. About relaxing at this


point. He has to try to find something, somehow, all hope that


Kiprotich has some have judged this wrong. With about are four


kilometres to go. Dos Santos, does he have a chance of catching Wilson


Kipsang, a good minute ahead. I don't know if Wilson Kipsang will


fade that badly. But you can lose a minute in the last mile easily.


Keflezighi and Nakamoto, contesting Keflezighi... There is Scott


Overall, the first because we have seen him. Really struggling, he has


slowed down significantly. He went halfway in 65 minutes, which would


be expected of him. But he is really struggling. And though he


won't want to give up, he will want to get to the finish line if he


possibly can. We will keep you posted. We hope to stay to watch


the two British athletes over the line. Is this over, Brendan, or is


there more to come? He has spent a lot of time looking over his


shoulder. What a remarkable story it if Stephen Kiprotich can win


this. Running along the Embankment. This is what we see every year in


the London Marathon. He had never run here before. Lots of the others


have. Their fears, crossing over, looking for the Ugandan flak. Sorry,


that is the Kenyan, Abel Kirui, in second place. We are looking,


previously, at Stephen Kiprotich. Now, the world champion gets his


drink. I am not sure if Kiprotich bothered. 38.8 kilometres. As


Stephen Kiprotich, a shock, a pleasant shock, a great one. The


crowds of roaring him on and he will appreciate that. It will be


interesting, they might start closing down. Mo farrow macro has


been there to train, to see how the the south Bank, the Royal Family.


To cheers and support along the route has not waned one bit. Still


looking behind but that lead is getting bigger with every stride.


Abel Kirui, the world champion. Solid, in second place, but not


able to do anything about this. Stephen Kiprotich. Relaxed. Of


course he is tight, it has been a tough way to run this race. -- he


two miles to go, for those two. One more look behind for Kiprotich,


PCS Abel Kirui going across for some water. He looks too strong to


come under pressure. They he looks really strong. I


don't want him to be worrying and looking over his shoulder, I want


him to concentrate on how far to go. There is a bronze medal position at


the moment, Wilson Kipsang. He won the London Marathon here, he beat


his team-mate Abel Kirui on that occasion who was 6th. Abel Kirui,


one of the best. Kiprotich, acknowledging the support, already


see some Ethiopian flags. He will be looking for a Ugandan flag. He


is quite a well known 1000 on the road rage -- road racing circuit.


Goodness knows what this will mean when he goes home. His training


mate, the former world champion. We are looking at the second place,


Abel Kirui. If you look at that gap, 19 seconds. They are beyond the 40


kilometre point. Now, he has to concentrate. Please, don't look


over your shoulder. Just keep running, finish this last mile, do


all the celebrating you want to. That 40 kilometre., reached in the


two hours, one minute and 12 seconds. Considering what had


happened 5K before, 15.48. An injection of pace. Which was begun


by the Kenyans. Then he picked it up and has pushed on and they have


suffered. He had a little glass behind at the corner. -- little


honestly did not think we would be saying that. Kenya have dominated


Marathon all throughout the year, the major city marathons, the


Kenyans have been winning. Stephen Kiprotich first entered the mouth


and because he was invited to be a pacemaker a few years ago. He


stayed on, after being a pacemaker the years we have been doing the


London Marathon, I never thought I would see more people on the roads


in London than we do seek in the London Marathon. Today, in the


Olympic marathon, we are looking at Stephen Kiprotich. Looking strong.


Doing the business. Not far to go now. The crowds are beginning to


gather around here. They will see a site not one of them would have bet


on. Two hours and seven, his best of time. Uganda have waited 40


years since Munich 19 scented to -- 1972. Only the second ever gold-


medallist from that country, it will be a huge beast -- boost.


Wilson Kipsang has faded away. He has run, not a clever race. Stephen


Kiprotich has run a brilliant race. I had thought he was struggling


with his race but he relaxed. He is taking on water, I am delighted to


see that. He is on his way to history. A proud country, a proud


at the age of 17. He is now 23. I bet the London Marathon seen will


be getting hold of him straight after this. He will be coming back


to London, he loves it so much. What a great story, what a great


result. What a great young man and what great ambition he has shown to


move away from his home, to pursue his athletic dream. And there he


comes, Abel Kirui in second place for start Kenya, two gold medals in


the Olympic Games. A disappointing Olympic Games from their point of


view. This man, in front of Buckingham Palace and the Queen


Victoria Memorial, with the crowds thronging the streets, what an


experience this must have been, as he swings round and he lines up.


All he has to look at is the red carpets of the Mall and he knows he


is on his way to the finish. Well done Stephen Kiprotich. The last


corner of the marathon. About 350 metres away he will be able to see


the finished tape. They have got it out ready for him. This man, who


came here with a personal best of just two hours, seven minutes and


20, completely unfancied. Nobody would have put him down as a medal


contender. He won't be too far outside his personal best. The


smile breaks out across his face. One of seven children. The


sacrifices he went on to make for his athletics career. They have


come too rich fruition at the Olympic Games. Stephen Kiprotich of


Uganda, enjoying these last few strides as the crowd in the Mall


rise to him. The cameras are out, the flags are being waved. The


world champion, Kirui wasn't able to do anything about it. The


Kenyans thought they have this one in terms of another gold medal for


them. But it wasn't to be. It is the flag of Uganda draped across


the shoulders of Stephen Kiprotich will be waived. The gold medal for


Uganda. The race of his life, he is the Olympic champion. One of the


quickest races of his career, in these conditions. What a time to


find the best you have ever done. World champion, Kirui comes in for


Kenya, vindicating his selection. It has been a long wait the Uganda.


As Brendan was saying, since 1972 and now they have a new hero.


this man, Wilson Kipsang, I think ramp a strange race, Steve? Wilson


Kipsang is in the Mall, on his way to the finish for the bronze medal


for Kenya. And there he is. To be honest, I think he lost the race


because of his own tactics. Disappointing to see the fastest


man in the field, the second fastest marathon runner in history,


not able to judge it in a big competition. They get so used to


pacemakers in these races, when you run a race, you sometimes make a


wrong judgment. And that was the wrong judgments by a very talented


runner. A bronze medal for his efforts. Kenya, a silver and a


bronze in an Olympic marathon is a great achievement for the


individual athlete, but their team management will be looking at it as


a failure. Keflezighi, ahead of Dos Santos. Nakamoto in 6th place at


the moment. Keflezighi, a very good run from him, the man who took the


silver-medal eight years ago. He he might be as surprised as anyone to


find out who the winner was. Lee Merrien is still going OK, has


picked up another few places and has moved into 30th place. But


coming to finish his marathon, it has been a long, hot day, and he


will be able to hold his head up high. Keflezighi. Fourth place at


the USA has been received with great pleasure, Stars and Stripes


all over at the finish line. Dos Santos just caught. He finishes 5th


of. And Nakamoto of Japan finishes in 6th. It was a comfortable win in


the end by Stephen Kiprotich and Uganda. Our long wait for another


gold medal for his country, 1972. He must be tired, but a later.


Congratulations, what a wonderful performance. Only the second gold


medal for Uganda, what will this mean to your country? It means a


lot, since 1972 we have never won a medal. I am very happy to have done


this false start you made a lot of sacrifices, at the end of 17 going


to Kenya to train. How did that are having a language barrier with


him, but you can tell by the smile on his face he is a happy man.


STUDIO: lots of people surprised to see him come over the line first?


It was a surprise, it is almost like the curse of the Olympic


marathon. If you look back in history, for the last few Olympic


marathons, whoever has been the favoured going into the right, has


not won. Stephen Kiprotich's name was never in the frame. We thought


it was a battle between Kenya and Ethiopia, but Ethiopia had nothing


to show. It was dramatic, with a few kilometres lap, Stephen


Kiprotich looked like he was struggling, holding his leg. When


he kicked, it was such a decisive move, the others had no response.


It seems like a fitting end that so many people have come out onto the


streets. It has been a common theme the way the nation has got behind


these Games. What a display, Brendan was saying he has never


seen this street like it for a marathon? The facts Stephen


Kiprotich ran 40 seconds slower than his personal best, you


wouldn't expect to see that in an Olympic marathon. The crowds have


been amazing. In all the big city races I have done, I have never


seen this number of people out on the course, cheering and offering


their support. It is a great end up for the athletics at the Olympic


Games. We will go back to Steve and


Brendan to see the British athletes city marathon, they may not choose


to extend their stay on the course when they are having a bad day, but


when it the Olympic marathon, you want to finish. Lee Merrien, we're


just waiting for him. He is heading for a top 30 finish. This is one of


the best marathon runners in the world. He has won here in London.


Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai, crossing the line, very, very tired


athlete. He is in 17th position. Just look at what it is doing to


are running at lunchtime, 12 o'clock. The hottest part of the


day. To be fair to the athletes, the shop steward would have asked


to start at 8 o'clock. Courts back in 1948, -- the Belgian athlete was


in the lead going into the stadium. He staggered in. I think the


British athlete came through. The Argentinian Guy won the race. Tom


Richardson won the single muddle. - - silver medal. These last few


yards are often the hardest, and it's the mental strength that gets


you to the finish line. Lots of people have now experience that for


themselves, of course, in big city marathons around the world. Waiting


to see a Lee Merrien from Great Britain and Guernsey. We think he's


very close to the finish line. He will be the first British person to


finish because Scott Overall is having a difficult day out there.


He was going well for a while but conditions took a toll on him.


absolutely fantastic. The crowds have been kinder. The weather has


not been kind. Here comes Lee Merrien of Great Britain. Well done.


Well done for getting into the selection of the team. Two hours


and 16 minutes. The British supporters are giving him a great,


great support. Well done, Lee Merrien. He looks at his watch like


the professional athlete that he is, and I think that was a decent


performance. Well done to him. A top 30 finish to him. Unfortunately


Scott Overall is having a difficult time, and has slipped back to 57th.


I'm sure he will finish. He will be another seven or eight minutes


before he crosses the line. And hope the completes his Olympic saga.


A surprise winner, Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda. Wilson


Kipsang Kiprotich having to settle for silver and bronze. A hot day,


in terms of support, it's been great. For Brendan and I, it's been


a fantastic couple of weeks at the over the line up on the red button.


Scott Overall will be coming through shortly. What a morning.


Absolutely boiling hot. Memorable scenes a million people turned out


down there to cheer everybody on. It's all over for you. You can go


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