Samuel Wanjiru became the first Kenyan to win the Olympic marathon yesterday. Kenyans had twice won men's marathon silver medals, most recently in 2000, but never a gold. "In Kenya, we have many medals, but I'm glad to have this one, too," the Japan-based Wanjiru said. "It feels good to make history here." The 21-year-old Wanjiru finished the 42.2-kilometer course through the streets of Beijing in bright sunshine in an Olympic record of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 32 seconds. Jaouad Gharib of Morocco won silver in 2:07.16, and Tsegay Kebede of Ethiopia took the bronze in 2:10.00. Wanjiru won the Fukuoka International Marathon in Japan last December and was runner-up at the London Marathon in April behind Martin Lel, who finished fifth yesterday.