Legese wins Tokyo Marathon, Chumba third

TOKYO (AP) — Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese won the rain-hit Tokyo Marathon yesterday, denying defending champion Dickson Chumba of Kenya a third consecutive title.

Legese clocked a time of two hours, four minutes and 48 seconds to finish comfortably ahead of Kenyan Bedan Karoki (2:06:48).

Chumba, who was aiming to become the first back-to-back champion and three-time winner following his victories in 2014 and 2018, finished third.

Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga, who finished second in Tokyo last year, won the women’s title, clocking 2:20:40 to beat compatriot Helen Tola by 21 seconds.

Ethiopians have now won the women’s marathon in Tokyo in six of the last eight editions.

Birhanu Legese crosses the finish line, winning the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo. – AP