International Athletics

Ethiopia's Lilesa wins Tokyo Marathon

2016-02-28 07:36
Running (AFP)

Tokyo - Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia won the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, pulling ahead of Kenya's Dickson Chumba inside the final two-kilometres (1.25 miles) to claim his first major marathon win.

Lilesa and Chumba broke away from a pack of seven runners that had led but it was Lilesa who had a final spurt to cross the finish line in two hours, six minutes and 56 seconds.

Chumba faded to third after being passed by compatriot Bernard Kiprop Kipyego who was second.

Kenya's Helah Kiprop won the women's race with a winning time of 2:21:27 ahead of last year's winner Birhane Dibaba who finished in second.

Over 36,000 runners took part in Sunday's event, the 10th anniversary of the race through the streets of Tokyo.

Read more on:    running

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.