Kenya’s Dickson Chumba ran a steady race to emerge the winner of the 2018 Tokyo marathon on Sunday as Ethiopa’s Birhane Dibaba put on a dominant display to win the women’s race.
Chumba crossed the tape in two hours, five minutes and 30 seconds to steal the spotlight from former world record holder Wilson Kipsang who was unable to finish. This was the second time for Chumba to triumph in this marathon after his 2014 exploits. Japan’s Yuta Shitara upset the formbook to set a national record of two hours, six minutes and 11 seconds much to the delight of the home crowd as he finished second. Kenya’s Amos Kipruto who happens to be Chumba’s training partner, completed the podium places in two hours, six minutes and 33 seconds.
Kipsang, who was the firm favourite to win had to drop out early in the race and explained his reason for doing so. “I really wanted to go fast, but after suffering from stomach problems the last two days before the race, I didn’t have the power to run a decent race today. I am disappointed. I was really ready for it,” he said on his official twitter account.
Dibaba on the other hand dominated the women’s race to clock two hours, 19 minutes and 30 seconds while her compatriot Ruti Aga was placed second in two hours, 21 minutes and 19 seconds. United States of America’s Amy Cragg finished third in two hours, 21 minutes, 33 seconds.
Summary of top finishers
1. Dickson Chumba (Kenya) 2:05:30, 2. Yuta Shitara (Japan) 2:06:11, 3. Amos Kipruto (Kenya) 2:06:33
1. Birhane Dibaba (Ethiopia) 2:19:51, 2. Ruti Aga (Ethiopia) 2:21:19, 3. Amy Cragg (USA) 2:21:42