Legese pulled away at 30k and ran alone to the finish line of the Tokyo Marathon clocking 2:04:48
Ethiopian Birhanu Legese cruised to victory at the Tokyo marathon on Sunday, winning in a time of two hours, four minutes and 48 seconds in miserable conditions to claim his first major title. It was raining and 41 degrees at the start and throughout the race.
The 24-year-old was part of a small leading group for the first 30 kilometres before pulling away easily from runnerup Kenyan Bedan Karoki (2:06:48) and strolling to victory.
Karoki's compatriot Dickson Chumba, twice a winner in Tokyo, was third.
posted Saturday March 2nd