Japan-based Samuel Ndungu, 23, of Kenya won the 67th Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, Japan this morning in 2:07:04 in his debut while Ryo Yamamoto completed a 4th placing and was the first to finish among the locals in a personal best of 2:08:44 which may earn him a slot in the Japanese Olympic marathon team.
Favourites Nicholas Manza of Kenya and Bekana Daba of Ethiopia DNF.
Results of top finishers: (CR 2:06:13 Wilson Kipsang 2011)
1) 2:07:04 - Samuel Ndungu (KEN) [Debut]
2) 2:07:39 - Henryk Szost (POL) [NR]
3) 2:08:37 - Abdellah Taghrafet (MAR)
4) 2:08:44 - Ryo Yamamoto (JPN) [PB]