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Two-time Olympic champion Kipchoge wins Tokyo marathon – SABC News

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, a two-time Olympic marathon champion and world record holder, won the Tokyo Marathon in Japan in two hours, two minutes and 40 seconds, on Sunday.

Kipchoge, who defended his title in the Sapporo Marathon at last year’s Tokyo Games, did not reach his world record by just over a minute in his debut in the Tokyo Marathon.

Kipchoge’s Amos Kipruto was second in 2: 03.13, while Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola was third in 2: 04.14.

In the women’s competition, Kenya defeated world record holder Brigid Kosgei in a time of 2: 16.02, ahead of the Ethiopian duo Ashete Bekere (2: 17.58) and Gotytom Gebreslase (2: 18.18).

“I am so proud to win on the streets of Tokyo, where people have run in their hearts and minds,” Kipchoge said on Twitter. “It’s great to have won 4 of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Major races.

The 37-year-old holds the world record with a time of 2:01:39 set in Berlin in 2018 and became the only man to break the two-hour wall at an unofficial tournament in 2019.

Two-time Olympic champion Kipchoge wins Tokyo marathon – SABC News

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