updated 8/23/2008 9:58:17 PM ET 2008-08-24T01:58:17

Samuel Wanjiru pulled away over the final few miles become the first Kenyan in the storied running history of that nation to win an Olympic marathon.

The 21-year-old negotiated the 26.2-mile (42.15-kilometer) course through the Beijing streets in bright Sunday morning sunshine in an Olympic record of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 32 seconds.

Jaouad Gharib of Morocco won silver in 2:07.16. Ethiopian Tsegay Kebede took the bronze in 2:10.00.

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