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167 runners go sub-2:30 in Tokyo

Despite poor conditions Tokyo still produced some crazy fast results

The Tokyo Marathon is known as one of the deepest marathons in the world, and despite poor conditions for Sunday’s race, the times were extremely fast. 

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In the men’s field, 159 runners ran under the 2:30 mark. According to the IAAF scoring tables, a 2:30 men’s marathon is worth 831 points. In the women’s field, the top eight runners also went sub-2:30.

The equivalent women’s marathon time is 3:03:02, and 118 women went under mark. Among those women was American record holder Deena Kastor. She finished in 2:51:58 and received her fifth world major marathon finish. She just has Berlin to complete and she will have achieved all six stars.

Ethiopians had an excellent day, sweeping the women’s podium and both men’s and women’s winners scoring their first career wins. Ruti Aga ran 2:20:40, after three second-place finishes in her last three marathons. Helen Tola finished second, in 2:21:01, and Shure Demise was third, in 2:21:05. 

In the men’s race, Men’s winner Birhanu Legese, also of Ethiopia, finished in 2:04:48, the fastest marathon time in the world so far this year and his first marathon win. Bedan Karoki of Kenya was second, running a personal best 2:06:48, and 2018 champion, the Kenyan Dickson Chumba, finished third, in 2:08:44, bringing to six the number of times he has podiumed in as many starts here.

Canadian results to follow.