LONDON — Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda won the country’s second-ever Olympic gold medal Sunday by winning the men’s marathon on an overcast day.
Kiprotich, 23, covered the course in 3 hours, eight minutes and one second, 26 seconds ahead of runner-up Abel Kirui of Kenya. The bronze went to Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang in 2:09:37.
UCLA alumnus Meb Keflezighi, the Athens marathon silver medalist, delivered a late kick Sunday to move up to fourth in 2:11:06. That was 23 seconds faster than his Athens runner-up time.
"Coming here I told my wife, ‘I have a feeling I’m going to finish fourth,’ Keflezighi said. "Did I want to finish fourth – no. But at the World or Olympic games I’ll take it, especially considering that I did not make the Olympics [in 2008]. In 2004, to be a silver medalist, I know how that feels, so I congratulate those people who finished first, second and third. Everybody works hard to accomplish such a thing and I am very proud of myself and our country to finish fourth. It’s not where you want to be sometimes, but fourth place at my last Olympics – I’ll take it any time."