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Medal count by country in the Men's Marathon at the Summer Olympics 1896-2016

The Men's Marathon has been a permanent fixture in the Summer Olympics since the inaugural games in 1896. To date, Ethiopian athletes have won the most gold medals, with four in total, while athletes from the United States have won the most overall medals, with eleven in total. Only two athletes have won back-to-back gold medals in this event, they were Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila in 1964 and 1968, and East Germany's Waldemar Cierpinski. No athlete has ever been stripped of a medal won in this event.

Medal count by country in the Men's Marathon at the Summer Olympics from 1896 to 2016

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Sources

Release date

2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1896 to 2016

Supplementary notes

*No longer exists/competes at the Olympics.

This data was collected using the official Olympic.org site, as well as a spreadsheet from the Guardian that includes data from 1896-2008 (available here), 2012 and 2016 data was compared with that from Encyclopaedia Britannica, and several news outlets were used to update the table when medals were reassigned (i.e. for doping offenses).

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