Kipchoge, Kosgei break course records in Tokyo

Two-time Olympics marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei Sunday won the Tokyo Marathon men’s and women’s races in new course record times.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line to win the men’s category in the Tokyo Marathon 2021 in Tokyo on March 6, 2022.
Photo credit: Kazuhiro Nogi | AFP

Kipchoge won the race in 2 hours 02 minutes and 40 seconds breaking the previous record set in 2017 by fellow countryman Wilson Kipsang of 2:03:58.

“I’m really happy. I’m excited again to be in Japan, especially after winning the Olympic Games last year in Sapporo,”  Kipchoge said.

“I really, really, really appreciate the crowd. I think the Japanese are really helpful. That’s why I say in the press that I run strong in Japan.”

Kosgei on her part broke at the 35km mark to finish in 2 hours 16 minutes and 2 seconds shattering Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter’s time of 2:17:45.

Kipchoge proved to the world that he is still the man to beat after maintaining a pace that saw some of his competitors fall off one by one after the pacemakers dropped.



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