Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya may have won the Olympic men’s marathon with a time of 2:08:44 seconds, but American Galen Rupp finished third in the race through Rio de Janeiro on Sunday morning, claiming America’s first medal in the event since a silver in 2004 in Athens.
After his bronze medal, Rupp noted that he might have found a new favorite event.
“My training has gone great for the marathon. I was watching ‘Happy Gilmore’ the other day, and you know he fights being a golfer for a while, saying he’s a hockey player, and I fought being a marathoner and wanted to be on the track,” he told NBC. “Maybe this is my best event.”
Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia finished second.