AFP/Rio de Janeiro
Red-hot favourite Eliud Kipchoge stormed to a runaway gold medal in a wet men's marathon on Sunday, the final day of competition at the Rio Olympics.
The Kenyan broke away from his rivals at the 35km mark and romped home to win in a time of two hours, eight minutes, 44 seconds, more than a minute quicker than Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa, who took silver.
American Galen Rupp took bronze a further 11 seconds back.
In the shadow of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, poking through the rain clouds from high above the city, Kipchoge produced a virtuoso performance as he added gold to the 5,000m silver he won in Beijing in 2008 and his bronze from Athens 2004.
It was a seventh victory in eight marathons for the 31-year-old phenomenon, who won the London Marathon for the second year running in April, coming within eight seconds of Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57.
A morning downpour put paid to any thoughts of a world record as 155 runners representing 80 countries splashed around the course snaking through the heart of Rio's historic centre in conditions miles removed from the holiday brochures of sun-kissed Rio.
Tokyo champion Lilesa looked in the mood to push Kipchoge while Rupp kept pace after the trio dropped Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu just after the halfway point.
But Kipchoge proved too strong, coming home to loud roars along the home straight of the Sambadrome, home of Rio's famed carnival, before dropping to his knees and crossing himself in celebration.
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