Tokyo Marathon: Feyisa Lilesa takes men’s title

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia (Photo: Getty Images)
Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia (Photo: Getty Images)

Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa and Kenya’s Helah Kiprop took the honours at the 2016 Tokyo Marathon, with pride of place between the two winners going to the latter with a course record of 2:21:27 at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race today.

Lilesa pulled away from Kenya’s 2014 Tokyo Marathon champion and course record holder Dickson Chumba with just over a kilometre to go to win in 2:06:56.

“I feel like I have just bought a ticket to Rio,” said Lilesa, although that decision still remains with the Ethiopian federation.

It was Lilesa 17th marathon of his career despite still only being 26.

Women’s Race

Amane Gobena of Ethiopia was second with a personal best of 2:21:51 and Edna Kiplagat (kenya) third with 2:22:36. Kebede finished fourth with 2:23:01 while 2015 champion Dibaba was fifth in 2:23:16.

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