The 26.2 mile journey began in Marathon. The big contenders all found themselves in a large leading group that held a modest place through a half marathon. A few tried to surge ahead but the most succsessful was Vanerlei De Lima's attack at 20k. Past 25k, Stefano Baldini raised the tempo taking 7 others with him. Finally, the chase group was widdled down to three, Stefano Baldini, Paul Tergat, and Mebrahtom Keflezighi. After 35k was passed, Paul Tergat cracked, leaving 2 to chase behind. Shortly after, De Lima was attacked by an Irish priest. Stefano Baldini then closed the gap to De Lima while dropping Keflezighi. Baldini moved into the lead and took it home for the gold medal in 2:10:55.
Meb finished second in 2:11:29.
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|Race Name||2004 Olympic Games|
|Race Location||Athens, Greece|