The marathon world champion in men's 2019 is Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia. In the heat and humidity of the night he won thanks to his final spurt in 2 hours and 10.40 minutes ahead of his compatriot Mosinet Geremew. Bronze went to the Kenyan Amos Kipruto.
As in the women's race, there were hardly any spectators along the track this time around – no wonder the competition was not started until midnight local time, in order to protect the runners from too much heat. A week ago with the women there had been numerous failures and collapses of runners. These pictures were not enough for the men, also because the humidity was lower than in the race a week ago.
The first half of the race was dominated by the little-known Derlys Ayala of Paraguay, who tried to escape from the start. After 20 kilometers, the top runners caught up with Ayala, who then stepped out of the competition.
Subsequently, a group of five leaders formed, including the later medalists. From behind, the British Callum Hawkins launched a catch-up and caught up with the top just before the 40-kilometer mark. However, he could not keep up with the next speed improvement of the Africans and ended up fifth.