The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are almost upon us. We’ve already had a pretty in-depth look at the most famous moments in Olympic marathon history. We know who’s made the cut for Team GB and we know, more or less, how the marathon course is going to shape up. But what we haven’t done so far is profile who the main medal contenders will be at this summer’s Olympic marathon events. That, you’ll be pleased to know, is about to change.
In this article, we’ll look at the main Olympic medal contenders in both the men’s and women’s marathon. We’ll guide you through these masters of long-distance running, and explore why they might be fancying their chances this summer. We’ll also look at their personal bests, their previous successes, and their fitness.
In sport, of course, anything can happen. That being said, we’d be quite surprised if the gold medalists for the Rio 2016 Olympic marathons didn’t come from this group of elite athletes.