Rosemary Wanjiru wins women’s Tokyo Marathon as Ethiopia dominates men’s race
Kenya’s Rosemary Wanjiru ran a personal best time of 2:16:28 to win the women’s race at the 2023 Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, while Ethiopia swept the podium in the men’s race with Deso Gelmisa taking the gold medal in 2:05:22.
The 2023 Tokyo Marathon saw a thrilling finish in the men’s race, as Gelmisa edged out his compatriot Esa Mohamed by a fraction of a second to claim his first victory in the Japanese capital. Tsegaye Kebede completed the Ethiopian sweep with a bronze medal in 2:05:25.
The trio showed their dominance in African distance running, leaving behind their Kenyan and Japanese rivals. Titus Kipruto was the best-placed Kenyan in fourth place with a time of 2:05:32, while Ichitaka Yamashita was the top Japanese finisher in seventh place with a time of 2:05:51.
In contrast, the women’s race was a one-woman show, as Wanjiru broke away from the pack early on and never looked back. The 27-year-old Kenyan improved her personal best by more than two minutes and crossed the finish line with a comfortable lead over her nearest challenger.
Tsehay Gemechu of Ethiopia was second in 2:16:56, also setting a new personal best. Ashete Bekere of Ethiopia took third place in 2:19:11. Mizuki Matsuda was the only Japanese runner to make it to the top six, finishing sixth in 2:21:44.
The Tokyo Marathon is part of the World Athletics Label Road Races – Platinum series, attracting some of the world’s best marathon runners. The event also serves as an Olympic qualifier for Japan and other countries.
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