Apr 15, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Dickson Chumba (KEN) leads the pack near the 19 mile marker during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Two course records fall at Tokyo Marathon


Told ya so.

Kenya’s Dickson Chumba and Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye each set course records at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. Chumba won the men’s race with a time of 2:05.42, besting the course record set last year by Dennis Kimetto by about one minutes. Tsegaye, with a time of 2:22.23, shattered the previous women’s record by over three minutes.

Speaking with reporters after the race, Chumba said he didn’t go into the marathon expecting to run such an amazing time:

From the start, I felt that I can run a good race today. I am very happy. I hope to come back next year to run the Tokyo Marathon again. I didn’t have the confidence to run a faster time today, and I did not realise the time would be this fast until the very end.

Here are the top five finishers from each race:

Men

1. Dickson Chumba (KEN) 2:05:42
2. Tadese Tola (ETH) 2:05:57
3. Sammy Kitwara (KEN) 2:06:30
4. Michael Kipyego (KEN) 2:06:58
5. Peter Some (KEN) 2:07:05

Women

1. Tirfi Tsegaye (ETH) 2:22:23
2. Birhane Dibaba (ETH) 2:22:30
3. Lucy Kabuu (KEN) 2:24:16
4. Caroline Rotich (KEN) 2:24:35
5. Janet Rono (KEN) 2:26:03

Congratulations to both Chumba and Tsegaye for their great performances.

[Source: IAAF]

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