TOKYO Wilson Kipsang of Kenya missed out on the world report however ran the quickest time ever on Japanese soil to win the Tokyo Marathon in two hours, three minutes and 58 seconds on Sunday.
The 34-year-old was trying to higher compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s mark of two:02.57 and wrest again the world report he misplaced in 2014 however was unable to take ample benefit of a brand new course design.
“Right this moment I used to be actually feeling good and the course was very good,” Kipsang mentioned after receiving the trophy.
“I actually loved it and I used to be going for a world report however I feel it was somewhat bit windy and that is why I could not run that point.”
All six of the world report occasions acknowledged by the IAAF have been set on the Berlin marathon, together with Kipsang’s on the 2013 model.
Kipsang had mentioned he can be aiming for a mark of two:02.50 and, working on the entrance of the sector behind a phalanx of blue-shirted East African pacemakers, was on target for it on the 10, 15 kilometer and midway marks.
On the 30 kilometer mark, solely compatriot Dickson Chumba was nonetheless with him and 10 kilometers later, he was on his personal however barely off the world report tempo.
Gideon Kipketer (2:05.51) handed Chumba (2:06.25) on the ultimate few kilometers to complete second in a Kenyan podium sweep.
The earlier greatest time in Japan was Tsegaye Kebede’s 2:05.18 at Fukuoka in 2009, whereas Mizuki Noguchi’s Osaka mark of two:21.18 had stood for the ladies since 2003.
Sarah Chepchirchir ended that reign as Kenya additionally took the spoils within the girls’s race in 2:19.47, the 32-year-old main house Ethiopians Birhane Dibaba (2:21.19) and Amane Gobena (2:23.09).
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Modifying by John O’Brien)