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Wansiru wins men’s Olympic marathon

Samuel Wansiru became the first Kenyan to win an Olympic marathon gold medal with a record timing as the world's biggest sporting extravanganza comes to an end.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2008 23:54 IST

Samuel Wansiru became the first Kenyan to win an Olympic marathon gold medal with a record timing as the world's biggest sporting extravanganza came to end on Sunday with hosts China asserting their supremacy with a record haul of 51 gold medals. He thus became the first Kenyan to win the Olympic marathon title with an awesome display of stamina and skill in bright morning sunshine. Kenya had twice won men's marathon silver medals, most recently in 2000, but never a gold.

The formidable Chinese, who maintained their dominance right through the Games, added a couple of more medals on the concluding day for an overall tally of 100 medals.

The script unfolded favourably for the US as its team regained the gold in men's basketball with a thrilling 118-107 victory over Spain.

In boxing, China's Zou Shiming defeated Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia to clinch the gold medal in the 48 kg category with his opponent retiring.

Badar-Uugan Enkhbat, however, made amends for Mongolia by out-punching Cuba's Yankiel Leon with a 15-5 scoreline in the 55 kg category.

The U.S. men's volleyball team won the gold by defeating defending champion Brazil. The Americans claimed their third gold in the sport with a 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 victory forcing Brazil settle for the silver medal.