UGANDAN Stephen Kiprotich produced a stunning upset in the Olympic men's marathon on the final day of the London Games, spoiling Kenya's aspirations for a medal sweep and in the process winning only the African nation's second ever gold medal - and the first for 40 years.
After a race in three at the 35-kilometre mark, Kiprotich appeared to have been shaken off along the Embankment by Kenya's race favourite Wilson Kipsang, the fastest man in the race, and his compatriot, the two-time world champion Abel Kirui. But having dropped slightly off the pace he put on a counter-attack with five kilometres left and, stretching out, was never challenged from there.
The 23-year-old crossed the line at The Mall in a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 1 second, which was 26 seconds ahead of Kirui, with Kipsang a further 1min and 10 seconds back.
Australia's best-placed finisher was Michael Shelley, who despite being 61st the halfway point of the gruelling Monopoly board run in hot conditions around London's iconic streets, fought his way back to claim 16th position in a time of 2:14.10. Marty Dent was 28th in 2:16.29, with Australia's other runner, Jeffrey Hunt, 63rd in 2:22.59.
''I can't believe [I'm] top 16, it's unbelievable. Words can't describe it,'' said an elated Shelley.