Kebede wins Fukuoka marathon

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Beijing Olympic and world bronze medalist Tsegaye Kebede surged away to win the Fukuoka International Marathon in a personal best time for the second year in a row on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Ethiopian favorite pulled away from closest challenger Dereje Tesfaye around the 33-km mark and never looked back, stopping the clock with a race record time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 18 seconds at Heiwadai track and field stadium.

“I am absolutely delighted,” said Kebede. “I never thought I would finish inside two hours and six minutes. I was able to post a much faster time than I expected and I can’t find the words to express how happy I feel.”