Pollock produces strong marathon performance as Kipchoge takes gold

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Ireland's Paul Pollock finished the race very strongly
Ireland's Paul Pollock finished the race very strongly

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge has justified his tag as the pre-race favourite by winning the Olympic marathon in a relatively modest 2:08.44.

With five consecutive wins in top-class marathons under his belt including his world-leading 2:03.05 which he posted when winning the London marathon in April, Kipchoge was the form runner going into the 26.2mile event and he duly obliged.

Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa won the silver in 2:09.54 while Galen Rupp from the US – the training partner of GB's double gold medallist Mo Farah -secured the bronze in 2:10.05.

There was surface water on parts of the course after heavy overnight rain but with 90% humidity conditions were tough.

Ireland's Paul Pollock again underlined his credentials as a world class marathon runner when he came through the field superbly in the second half of the race to finish 32nd overall in 2:16.24, just outside his personal best. He was among the top ten European finishers.

His two colleagues battled bravely with Kevin Seward taking 64th in 2:20.06. Mick Clohisey, who was below his best due to a foot infection, was 103rd in 2:26.34.

The marathon trio were the last three Irish competitors to compete at the Games.