Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, the greatest marathoner of all time, on Sunday won the Tokyo Marathon in 2:02:40. In the women’s race, world record holder Brigid Kosgei, 28, won in 2:16:02, the third-fastest marathon of all time.
I am so proud to win in the streets of Tokyo, where the people have running in their heart and minds. It’s great to now have won 4 out of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Major races. Finally, I want to say I want this world to unite. My win today is to bring positivity in this world. pic.twitter.com/xBnEvTcPmY
— Eliud Kipchoge – EGH🇰🇪 (@EliudKipchoge) March 6, 2022
— Fast Women (@fast_women) March 6, 2022
Kipchoge’s win was the fourth-fastest marathon time in history.
Kipchoge led a Kenyan one-two finish with Amos Kipruto coming home second in 2hrs, 03mins, 13secs as Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola finished third in 2hrs, 04mins, 14secs.
“Kipchoge’s performance is the fourth-best ever behind his own world record of 2:01:39 set in Berlin in 2018, while Kosgei’s is a time that only she with her world record of 2:14:04 from Chicago in 2019 and Paula Radcliffe with her 2:15:25 from London in 2003 have ever beaten,” the World Athletics Organisation writes.
Ashete Bekere of Ethiopia was second in 2:17:58 while Gotytom Gebreslase completed the podium places in 2:18:18 as five women went 2:19:10 or faster.
The Tokyo Marathon had 20,000 entrants and marked a return to normalcy for the race after two years of pandemic disruption.