Such. Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has won the Tokyo Marathon in the fourth fastest time in history. The 37-year-old Kenyan triumphed in 2:02:40 hours.
The world record holder, who set the record of 2:01:39 hours over the 42.195-kilometre Berlin in 2019, beat compatriot Wilson Kipsang’s previous course record by more than a minute. Behind the two-time Olympic marathon champion, his compatriot Amos Kipruto finished second in 2:03:13 hours. The Ethiopian Tamirat Tola was third with 2:04:14 hours.
The world record holder also prevailed among women in Tokyo. Brigid Kosgei, who finished second at last year’s Olympics in Japan, won in 2:16:02. This is the third fastest time ever run and also a course record. Only the Kenyan herself and world record holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain have been faster.
Two Ethiopians also posted world-class times behind Brigid Kosgei in second and third place. Second was Ashete Bekere with 2:17:58 hours, third place went to Gotytom Gebreslase, who surprisingly won the Berlin marathon last September, in 2:18:18 hours.
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