2017 World Championships in Athletics – Men's marathon
|Men's Marathon |
at the 2017 World Championships
|Competitors||98 from 50 nations|
The race started off with a tight pack running at a leisurely pace. 10 kilometres into the race, the British crowds were pleased to see Callum Hawkins in the lead, but there were 59 others in the lead pack. By 15 kilometres there were still 31 and by half way only another three had started to fall off the back. Then the racing began as a small group went off the front including the entire Kenyan team, a Kenyan Turkish transplant, two Ethiopians, two Eritreans, Alphonce Simbu from Tanzania and Hawkins. Of that group, Geoffrey Kirui, Tamirat Tola and Gideon Kipketer were pushing the pace as a three man pack. Kipketer faltered and it was a two man race with Simbu breaking off the front of the second pack. About 10 kilometres from the finish, Tola tried to break away. But the one breaking was Tola as Kirui came back and then set off on his own. Over the last seven kilometres, Kirui opened up almost a minute and half of daylight, comfortably crossing the line for the gold. Tola struggled to successfully hold off Simbu to keep silver while an inspired Hawkins picked up the pieces and finished a strong fourth just 26 seconds back.
Before the competition records were as follows:
|World||2:02:57||Dennis Kipruto Kimetto||KEN||28 Sep 2014||Berlin, Germany|
|Championship||2:06:54||Abel Kirui||KEN||22 Aug 2009||Berlin, Germany|
|World leading||2:03:58||Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich||KEN||26 Feb 2017||Tokyo, Japan|
|African||2:02:57||Dennis Kipruto Kimetto||KEN||28 Sep 2014||Berlin, Germany|
|Asian||2:06:16||Toshinari Takaoka||JPN||13 Oct 2002||Chicago, United States|
|NACAC||2:05:38||Khalid Khannouchi||USA||14 Apr 2002||London, Great Britain|
|South American||2:06:05||Ronaldo da Costa||BRA||20 Sep 1998||Berlin, Germany|
|European||2:06:36||Benoit Zwierzchiewski||FRA||6 Apr 2003||Paris, France|
|Oceanian||2:07:51||Robert de Castella||AUS||21 Apr 1986||Boston, United States|
No records were set at the competition.
The standard to qualify automatically for entry was 2:19.00.
The final took place on 6 August at 10:54. The results were as follows:
- "Marathon Men − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- Start list
- "World Championships 2017: Callum Hawkins fourth as Geoffrey Kirui wins marathon". BBC Sport. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- "Marathon Men − Records". IAAF. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
- "Records Set - Final" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
- "Qualification System and Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- "Marathon Men − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 9 August 2017.