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:
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
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.
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