Unfortunately, Mongolian International Serod Batochir of Morpeth Harriers
had nothing but disappointment with his Olympic Men’s Marathon run
in a very wet Rio De Janiero on Sunday morning 21st August.
In the early stages and up to half-way he was just inside the top 70 of the 140 field of finishers,
however he faded badly in the final half of the tough race, which was won by Kenya’s Elliot Kipchoge,
the reigning Olympic Champion, who posted a finishing time of 2hrs08mins44secs.
Second place and the Silver Medal went to Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa,
who clocked 2hrs09mins54secs, and third place went to Mo Farah’s
sometimes training partner Galen Rupp of the USA,
who produced a new best of 2hrs10mins05secs,
for his well - earned Bronze medal.
Considering Rupp had also run the 10,000metres final
earlier in the week, it was a fine achievement.
Meanwhile Batochir ended up a disappointing 92nd, with a time of 2hrs24mins26secs,
which is well adrift of his lifetime best of 2hrs08mins.
Batochir’s Mongolian team-mate Gantulga Dambadarjaa fared no better,
finishing 107th in 2hrs27mins42secs, which was also well adrift of his lifetime best.