NAJIVUNIA KUWA MKENYA: KENYA IS NOW THE SECOND BEST TRACK AND FIELD NATION IN THE WORLD
MARATHON CHAMPION ELIUD KIPCHOGE GIVES KENYA THE FINAL WORD IN RIO 2016
The beautiful melody of the Kenyan national anthem filled the stadium in Rio di Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium as the Kenyan flag rose tall, above the flags of the US and Ethiopia in honor of Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge’s win in the marathon race, the last event in Rio 2016 Olympics. Kipchoge beat Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia and Galen Rupp of the United States who won silver and bronze medals respectively. Despite not winning the gold medal, Rupp made history becoming only the 3rd American to win a medal in the marathon.
Kipchoge finished in a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds. Becoming the second fastest marathoner of all time. The world record remains standing at 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds.
With Kipchoge’s marathon win, Kenya improved her medal tally to 13, with 6 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze medals and defeating Jamaica to become the second best nation in the world in track and field competitions. The US claimed the top spot in track and field competition winning a total of 32 medals, 13 gold, 10 silver and 9 bronze. The US also cemented its place as the best country in the world winning first 121 total medals in 31st Olympiad.
A full list of all the medalists in the 31st Olympiad can be found by clicking here thanks to USA Today.
Below is a gallery of the presentation marathon medal presentation ceremony.