OTSU, Shiga Pref. (Kyodo) Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay pulled away shortly after the midway point en route to winning the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon on Sunday.
Tsegay, who came fourth at last year’s world championships in Berlin, made his move right before the 24-km mark and held off Tomoyuki Sato to cross the line at Ojiyama stadium in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 34 seconds.
“I figured I had victory in my sights after the turning point. I wanted to run the course record today but the race didn’t go as planned since it was very bad weather,” said the 24-year-old Tsegay.
Sato, who made his surge in the second pack after the 37-km point, clocked 2:10:07 for the best finish among Japanese runners, improving his chance of booking a spot for the Asian Games in China’s Guangzhou in November.