#100MomentsIn100Days: Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima's Marathon 2004

Olympics

ByTheMinRio2016

Top of the morning to you! It's men's marathon time here in, of all places, MARATHON! That's well planned I must say.

Today's 26.2 mile journey will end at Panathinaiko Stadium, the venue previously used for the 1896 Athens Olympics. Again, well planned!

We're around the 30km mark just now, so there's only really another 8 or so miles in the race to go...and there's one guy surging ahead.

And that would be this chap. Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima...he's a good 30 seconds ahead right now.

And thanks to those new startup folks at YouTube, you can even watch this race live as it happens. The future. I've tasted it.

The chasing pack has been whittled down to just three athletes; namely Stefano Baldini, Paul Tergat, and Mebrahtom Keflezighi.

But yer man Vanderlei is storming clear. Still looks fit. And full of running. It could be a procession...

The rest may well need some sort of divine intervention to stop him from becoming the first Brazilian to win marathon gold.

Some excellent shots overhead here in Greece. Plenty of spectators out and about too. 42 seconds is the gap to the leader now! WOW!

Now there's every chance he'll get pulled back in the last 5 miles or so...but he's still pulling away. I'm impressed. Very impressed.