Arata Fujiwara and Michael Kipyego
Michael Kipyego hit the tape
Kenya's Michael Kipkorir Kipyego won the 2012 Tokyo Marathon this morning with a time of 2:07:37, 14 seconds slower than the course record of 2:07:23 set by Viktor Rothlin of Switzerland in 2008.
However former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, seeking a London Olympic berth, finished a disappointing 4th in 2:08:17 behind second placed local Arata Fujiwara in 2:07:48 (PB) and 3rd placed Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda in 2:07:50.
1) 2:07:37 - Michael Kipkorir Kipyero (KEN)
2) 2:07:48 (PB) - Arata Fujiwara (JPN)
3) 2:07:50 - Stephan Kiprotich (UGA)
4) 2:08:17 - Haile Gebrselassie (ETH)
5) 2:08:32 - Viktor Rothlin (SUI)
1) 2:25:28 (CR) - Atsede Habtamu (ETH)
2) 2:26:00 (PB) - Yeshi Esayias (ETH)
3) 2:26:02 - Helena Loshanyang Kirop (KEN)
4) 2:26:08 (PB) - Eri Okubo (JPN)