[28th February 2012]

KENYA REIGNS SUPREME IN TOKYO MARATHON 2012

Kenya's Michael Kipkorir Kipyego crosses the finish line to win the Tokyo Marathon
on Sunday 26th February, 2012. (Photo/ ©Tokyo Marathon Foundation)

Kenya’s Michael Kipkorir Kipyego won men’s race of the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo on Sunday 26th February, 2012. Mr. Kipyego upstaged former world record holder Haile Gabrselassie to win the Tokyo Marathon ahead of Arata Fujiwara in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 37 seconds. Japan’s Arata Fujiwara was second in 2:07:48, followed by Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich in 2:07:50 and Ethiopia’s Haile Gabrselassie in 2:08:17. Kipyego’s triumph adds to the long string of recent Kenya’s successes in major long distance races.

In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Atsede Habtamu won in 2 hours, 25 minutes and 28 seconds. She was 32 second ahead of compatriot Yeshi Esayias. Kenya’s Hellen Kirop Loshanyang was third in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 2 seconds.

The race started at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building and ended at the waterfront Tokyo Big Sight. More than 36,000 runners from all over the world took part in the race, which was considered as one the Asia’s largest marathon races. Other participant from Kenya was Mr. Kipchumba Jafred Chirchir.

The current marathon world record is held by another Kenyan; Mr. Patrict Makau. He broke the world record in Berlin in September, 2011, setting a new world record time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 38 seconds. Kenya is setting the pace in long distance and marathon races and is therefore expected to continue shinning at the London Olympics and other future world championships and international marathon events.   

Kenya Embassy Representative, Mr. Mathew Kaikai (right) poses for a photo with the winner of Tokyo Marathon, Mr. Michael Kipkorir Kipyego at Tokyo Big Sight on Sunday 26th February, 2012

More than 36,000 runners from all over the world participated in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday 26th February, 2012.

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