Quickly, smaller packs formed as the pace slightly picked up
Authorized neutral athelete Sergi Shirobokov took the lead alongside Columbia's Eider Arevalo. Brazil's Bonfim and South Africa' Shange were just a few steps back.
Germany's Linke wasn't about to give up/
Wang and Bird-Smith would have to rebound if they were going to be in contention for a medal.
In a dramatic finish, Colombia's Arevalo had just enough in the tank to negative split and claim the gold.
Arevalo crossing the line.
Arevalo crossing the line, 1:18:53
Shirobokov finishing in second, 1:18:55
Taking the bronze Bonfim from Brazil in 1:19:04.
Gold, Silver and Bronze.
4) Lebogang Shange, 1:19:18
5) Christopher Linke, 1:19:21
6) Dane Bird-Smith, 1:19:28
7) Kaihua Wang, 1:19:30
8) Álvaro Martin, 1:19:41
9) Alberto Amezcua, 1:19:46