News : Tokyo Marathon lives the best brand in the history of a non-African

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Tokyo Marathon lives the best brand in the history of a non-African

Osako crossing the finish line at the Tokyo Marathon

Ethiopian runner Birhanu Legese and Israeli-born Kenyan Lohan Chemtai were awarded this year's Tokyo marathon, which was restricted in public and in participants by extraordinary measures applied because of the coronavirus.

Legese, 25, made a time of 2h04: 15, about three minutes from the Kenyan world record Eliud Kipchoge and two minutes from his personal record (2h02: 48), a mark that last year allowed him to win the Gold in the previous edition of the Tokyo Marathon.

Leges, Bashir, Lemma ... and Osako

Behind the Ethiopian was the Belgian runner of Somali origin Bashir Abdi, 31, 34 seconds behind the winner, and the third place went to the Ethiopian Sisay Lemma, 39, at 36 seconds.

Legese and Lemma started off as favorites, and in fact from kilometer 30 they had been occupying two of the first three positions of the race played by the Japanese capital.

One of the great news left her the Japanese Suguro Osako, who was fourth with a 2:05:29 mark, the best mark in the history of an athlete not born in Africa. The previous record was held by the Norwegian Sondre Moem (2:05:48). It is the case that Osako, who held the Japan Record since Chicago 2018, was pocketed by that feat of a whopping 763,000 euros, a kind of incentive given by the Japanese Federation for those who beat Toshinari Takaoka's record, effective since 2002 This time we don't know if there is a 'prize', but it sure won't be as succulent as it was two years ago. By the way The Japanese has almost assured its presence in the Games.

The Israeli Chemtai takes the women's test

In women the gold went to the Israeli runner of Kenyan origin Lonah Chemtai, 31, who did a time of 2h17: 45, more than three minutes from the current world record, which since last year maintains the Kenyan Brigid Kosgei.

Chemtai, who reached the goal wearing a wide smile, was followed by the Ethiopian Birhane Dibaba, 26, at 50 seconds, and the bronze medal went to the Ethiopian Sutume Asefa, 25, at 2:45 the winner.

In a wheelchair, the winner was the Japanese Tomoki Suzuki, who made a time of 1h21: 52, followed by his countrymen Sho Watanabe (at 8:08) and Kota Hokinoue (at 8:12).

Fourth place went to a Spaniard, Jordi Madera, who arrived at 8:20 from Sukuki.

In the women's wheelchair category, the victory was for the Japanese Tsubasa Kina, with a time of 1h40: 00, followed by the Australian Christie Dawes, at 13:23, and the Japanese Yurika Yasukawa, at 19:18.

Until the last minute the celebration of this marathon was in the air due to official measures set to prevent the extension of COVID-19 in Japan, where it has already affected more than a thousand people with a dozen dead.

The Japanese authorities have been calling for the cancellation or postponement of massive sporting and cultural events, and for example the matches of the three divisions of Japanese football have been postponed.

The organizers of the marathon, however, chose to continue with the test, but preventing the participation of about 38,000 amateur runners and limiting it to about 300 athletes in all categories, also asking the public to avoid following the race.

Even so, during the tour many spectators could be seen who encouraged the passage of the runners, enjoying the sporting event and a sunny morning.

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