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Marathon

Find the Olympic gold-medal times for the men's marathon race from 1896 to the present.

Year  Time Record
1896 Spiridon Louis, GRE 2:58:50 
1900 Michel Théato, FRA 2:59:45 
1904 Thomas Hicks, USA 3:28:53 
1906 Billy Sherring, CAN 2:51:23.6  
1908 Johnny Hayes, USA* 2:55:18.4 OR
1912 Kenneth McArthur, S. Afr.2:36:54.8  
1920 Hannes Kolehmainen, FIN 2:32:35.8 WB
1924 Albin Stenroos, FIN 2:41:22.6  
1928 Boughèra El Ouafi, FRA 2:32:57.0  
1932 Juan Carlos Zabala, ARG 2:31:36.0 OR
1936 Sohn Kee-Chung, JPN†2:29:19.2 OR
1948 Delfo Cabrera, ARG 2:34:51.6  
1952 Emil Zátopek, CZE 2:23:03.2 OR
1956 Alain Mimoun, FRA 2:25:00.0  
1960 Abebe Bikila, ETH 2:15:16.2 WB
1964 Abebe Bikila, ETH 2:12:11.2 WB
1968 Mamo Wolde, ETH 2:20:26.4  
1972 Frank Shorter, USA 2:12:19.8  
1976 Waldemar Cierpinski, E. Ger 2:09:55.0 OR
1980 Waldemar Cierpinski, E. Ger 2:11:03.0  
1984 Carlos Lopes, POR 2:09:21.0 OR
1988 Gelindo Bordin, ITA 2:10:32  
1992 Hwang Young-Cho, S. Kor 2:13:23 
1996Josia Thugwane, RSA.2:12:36 
2000Gezahenge Abera, ETH2:10.11 
2004 Stefano Baldini, ITA2:10:55 
2008 Samuel Kamau, KEN 2:06.32 OR
2012 Stephen Kiprotich, UGA 2:08:01  
*Dorando Pietri of Italy placed first, but was disqualified for being helped across the finish line.
†Sohn was a Korean, but he was forced to compete under the name Kitei Son by Japan, which occupied Korea at the time.
Note: Marathon distances–40,000 meters (1896,1904); 40,260 meters (1900); 41,860 meters (1906); 42,195 meters (1908 and since 1924); 40,200 meters (1912); 42,750 meters (1920). Current distance of 42,195 meters measures 26 miles, 385 yards.

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