[28th February 2017]

KENYANS OUT-PACE THE WORLD WITH NEW RECORDS AT THE 2017 TOKYO MARATHON ON 26TH FEBRUARY, 2017

Kenya has once again proved to the World that it is a sports powerhouse especially in long distance races when two of her nationals won first places for both the men and women categories in the Tokyo Marathon, 2017 with unprecedented fastest time on Japanese soil during the Tokyo Marathon held on Sunday 26th February, 2017.

In the men category, Mr. Wilson Kipsang (34 years) cut the Finishing Tape with a record time of 2hr 3min 58 secs, the best record so far in the Tokyo Marathons. Incidentally, all top six finishers in the men category were Kenyans. To make things better, in the women’s category, Kenya’s Sarah Chepchirchir crossed the finishing line with a record time of 2hrs 19 mins 47secs, also the first time a woman had won in the Tokyo Marathon in under 2hrs 20 mins. She overcame spirited competition from two known Ethiopian lady Champions Birhane Dibaba and Amane Gobena who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. A total of 17 Kenyan athletes participated in the event, including pace-setters

During interview, Mr. Kipsang observed that his intention to break the World Record was thwarted by the windy condition during the event. He however promised that the Kenyan team would break world records during the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 in which he hopes to participate.

Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang cuts the Finishing Tape of the Tokyo Marathon 2017 which he won with a record of 2hr 3min 58 secs, the best record so far in the Tokyo Marathons

Kenya’s Sarah Chepchirchir crossed the finishing line with a record time of 2hrs 19 mins 47secs, also the first time a woman had won in the Tokyo Marathon in under 2hrs 20 mins.

The new Tokyo Marathon Champion (Center) and another Kenyan poses for a photograph with Mr. J. K. Kithamba, First Councilor at the Embassy who had gone to congratulate the team on behalf of the Embassy and Kenyans in Japan

The First Councilor at the Embassy, Mr J. K. Kithamba poses for a photo on 27th February, 2017 with some of the Kenyan athletes who participated in the Tokyo Marathon 2017