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Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has won gold to repeat as the Olympic men’s marathon champion in dramatic fashion.

Kipchoge, the world’s most decorated marathoner at 36, finished on Sunday far ahead of the pack in 2 hours 8 minutes and 38 seconds. Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands won silver and Bashir Abdi of Belgium won bronze.

Kipchoge is only the third man to successfully defend his Olympic marathon title.

Galen Rupp, the American who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, shadowed Kipchoge for the first 17.5 miles but ultimately finished eighth.

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