Kipchoge shines, Britain stun with 2nd spot in medal table

RUNAWAY SUCCESS: Kipchoge of Kenya on the podium after showing his class and endurance in the men's marathon.


    Aug 23, 2016

    Kipchoge shines, Britain stun with 2nd spot in medal table

    KENYA'S phenomenal Eliud Kipchoge stormed to a runaway marathon win as a Mongolian weightlifter was kicked out for drugs and a police raid clouded the final day of the Rio Olympics on Sunday.

    Kipchoge, 31, shone with his seventh win in eight marathons.

    He timed 2hr 8min 44sec on a rainy but picturesque course that snaked below Rio's mountain-top Christ the Redeemer statue, winning by more than a minute.

    Usain Bolt sealed the sprint "triple triple" in his final Games while Michael Phelps capped his Olympic career in Rio, adding five gold medals to take his career haul to 23 - plus a silver.

    But the Games also took place under the shadow of the Russian doping scandal, and were hit by security and logistical problems and the unwanted spectacle of swathes of empty seats.

    On Sunday, Mongolia's Chagnaadorj Usukhbayar became the sixth weightlifter in Rio to fail a drugs test. He was kicked out after he was revealed to have used testosterone.

    And police seized passports, phones and computers in a raid on the Irish Olympic office, following the arrest of Irish International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey over an alleged black-market tickets scam.

    The United States matched their tally of 46 golds from the London Games to lead the medals table from Britain, who sealed surprise second place ahead of China with 27 golds to 26.

    "To win more medals than we did in London and to be ahead of China is a spectacular place to be," UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl said.

    "We are one of those sporting superpowers now," she added, beaming.