Olympics
List of all Olympics Men's Marathon winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Men's Marathon

The marathon has been in Olympics since its own inception in modern days and it has been part of all summer games after that. Usually, in the Olympics, the women's marathon is organized as the midway point of the games, while the men's marathon is organized in the last days of the event. The distance of the marathon race at the Olympics has varied in the early years, before being set at 42,195 m in 1924.

Rules and Regulations
As for all athletics events, rules and regulations for marathon too have been set by International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF. Basic rules set by the IAAF for the marathon are given as under.
  • The beginning and finishing points of the marathon race must be visibly marked.
  • Even if an athlete is off the course with permission from the judge, he has to be under constant supervision of the judge, so that he might not try any unscrupulous means to win the race.
  • All the sections of the race have to be well-marked.
  • A sprinter will have to leave the race on the direction of an official medical staff.
  • All marathon events in the Olympics have to be organized on roads. Athletes cannot participate in the event on soft land.
  • Athlete will not be awarded any point until he reaches the finishing point.
  • The runners should be made aware of the distance they are required to run.
  • The athletes can have refreshment only at the designated places.
  • Any athlete is not permitted to leave the road without permission of a judge.
Performers
Super performers in Marathon race in Olympics are Spiridon Louis, Michel Théato, Thomas J. Hicks, Johnny Hayes, Kenneth McArthur, Hannes Kolehmainen, Waldemar Cierpinski, Carlos Lopes, Gelindo Bordin, Hwang Young-Cho, Josia Thugwane, Gezahegne Abera, Albin Stenroos, Boughera El Ouafi, Juan Carlos Zabala, Sohn Kee-chung, Delfo Cabrera, Emil Zátopek, Alain Mimoun, Abebe Bikila, Mamo Wolde, Frank Shorter, and Stefano Baldini.

Men's Marathon Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1896 Spyridon Louis
Greece
Charilaos Vasilakos
Greece
Gyula Kellner
Hungary
1900 Michel Théato
France
Émile Champion
France
Ernst Fast
Sweden
1904 Thomas Hicks
United States
Albert Corey
United States
Arthur L. Newton
United States
1908 Johnny Hayes
United States
Charles Hefferon
South Africa
Joseph Forshaw
United States
1912 Ken McArthur
South Africa
Christian Gitsham
South Africa
Gaston Strobino
United States
1920 Hannes Kolehmainen
Finland
Jüri Lossmann
Estonia
Valerio Arri
Italy
1924 Albin Stenroos
Finland
Romeo Bertini
Italy
Clarence DeMar
United States
1928 Boughera El Ouafi
France
Manuel Plaza
Chile
Martti Marttelin
Finland
1932 Juan Carlos Zabala
Argentina
Sam Ferris
Great Britain
Armas Toivonen
Finland
1936 Son Kitei
Japan
Ernest HARPER
Great Britain
Nan Shoryu
Japan
1948 Delfo Cabrera
Argentina
Tom Richards
Great Britain
Etienne Gailly
Belgium
1952 Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia
Reinaldo Gorno
Argentina
Gustaf Jansson
Sweden
1956 Alain Mimoun
France
Franjo Mihalic
Yugoslavia
Veikko Karvonen
Finland
1960 Abebe Bikila
Ethiopia
Abdesiem RHADI BEN ABDESSELEM
Morocco
Barry Magee
New Zealand
1964 Abebe Bikila
Ethiopia
Basil Heatley
Great Britain
Kokichi Tsuburaya
Japan
1968 Mamo Wolde
Ethiopia
Kenji KIMIHARA
Japan
Mike Ryan
New Zealand
1972 Frank Shorter
United States
Karel Lismont
Belgium
Mamo Wolde
Ethiopia
1976 Waldemar Cierpinski
East Germany
Frank Shorter
United States
Karel Lismont
Belgium
1980 Waldemar Cierpinski
East Germany
Gerard Nijboer
Netherlands
Setymkul Dzhumanazarov
Soviet Union
1984 Carlos Lopes
Portugal
John Treacy
Ireland
Charlie Spedding
Great Britain
1988 Gelindo Bordin
Italy
Douglas Wakiihuri
Kenya
Hussein Ahmed Salah
Djibouti
1992 Hwang Young-Cho
South Korea
Koichi Morishita
Japan
Stephan Freigang
Germany
1996 Josia Thugwane
South Africa
Lee Bong-Ju
South Korea
Erick Wainaina
Kenya
2000 Gezahgne Abera
Ethiopia
Erick Wainaina
Kenya
Tesfaye Tola
Ethiopia
2004 Stefano Baldini
Italy
Meb Keflezighi
United States
Vanderlei de Lima
Brazil
2008 Samuel Wanjiru
Kenya
Jaouad Gharib
Morocco
Tsegay Kebede
Ethiopia
2012 Stephen Kiprotich
Uganda
Abel Kirui
Kenya
Wilson Kipsang
Kenya
2016 Eliud Kipchoge
Kenya
Feyisa Lilesa
Ethiopia
Galen Rupp
United States