[24th February 2014]

KENYA SHINES AT TOKYO MARATHON 2014

Kenya's Dickson Chumba crosses the finish line to win the Tokyo Marathon 2014 on Sunday 23rd February, 2014.

Kenya's Dickson Chumba won men's race of the Tokyo Marathon 2014 on Sunday 23rd February, 2014 in a race record time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 42 seconds. Mr. Chumba also broke his own personal best of 2:05:46, which he clocked at the 2012 Eindhoven Marathon. Ethiopia's Tadese Tola was second in 2:05:57, followed by Kenyan Sammy Kitwara in 2:06:30.

In the women's race, Ethiopia's Tirfi Tsegaye won in 2:22:23, also a race record. She was 7 seconds ahead of fellow Ethiopian Berhane Dibaba. Kenya's Lucy Kabuu was third in 2:24:16.

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 participants from Kenya were: Michael Kipyegon, Peter Some, Geoffrey Kipsang, Abel Kirui, Cyrus Njui, Lucy Kabuu, Caroline Rotich, Janet Rono, among others.

From R-L: H.E. Mr. Benson Ogutu, Kenya's Ambassador to Japan; Mr. Dickson Chumba, winner of Tokyo Marathon; Mr. Geoffrey Kipsang, 6th in the race; Mr. Michael Kipyegon, 4th in the race; and Mr. Mathew Kaikai, First Secreatry at Kenya Embassy, pose for photo after the Marathon on 23rd February 2014.

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