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Australia has a new cult hero as self-confessed Liam Adams won widespread praise for his bravery in the men’s marathon on Saturday night.

Adams, who works 40 hours a week as an electrician, missed out on a bronze medal by just seven seconds, instead finishing fourth – a fantastic effort.

Although the Australian later told reporters that Adams’ career best result was due to a problem with his phone, he was “guessing the whole thing” as he raced into an early lead.

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Liam Adams in action. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“I was mapping the course and the format didn’t work on my phone so I had no idea, I was just guessing the whole way,” he said, per AAP.

“So I didn’t know how many hills there were and the last half was absolutely brutal. It was probably very difficult at the beginning and a massacre at the end.

The achievement was a remarkable display from Adams, the product of pure determination and hard work.

“Recently I was working in sales. It is very active on the body. I’m not doing a double run like those guys, I’m just going out there after work,” Adams said.

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Liam Adams led the race early on. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“Sometimes I just need to take a nap and then go for a run after work and I’m still up at 10pm, having a late dinner. It’s the most shocking cycle I’ve ever encountered.

“All weekend warriors, anyone who works a 9-5 who struggles with the work-led lifestyle, hopefully they can see that and find some inspiration. If I can do it, so can they.

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