Chumba, Tsegaye prevail in Tokyo


Dickson Chumba won the men’s race at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in a meet record of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 42 seconds as Kenyan and Ethiopian runners dominated the event.

The 27-year-old Kenyan was followed home by Tadese Tola of Ethiopia at 2:05:57 and fellow countryman Sammy Kitwara at 2:06:30.

Chumba broke his own personal-best time of 2:05:46 he clocked in winning the Eindhoven Marathon in 2012.

Runners from the two African countries swept the top seven spots in the men’s race and the top five in the women’s. About 36,000 runners competed in the eighth staging of the event.

Kohei Matsumura was Japan’s top male finisher, placing eighth in 2:08:09.

Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in a meet record of 2:22:23.

Fellow Ethiopian Berhane Dibaba finished second at 2:22:30 and Lucy Kabuu of Kenya third at 2:24:16.

Tsegaye, 29, won the Paris Marathon in 2012 and the Dubai Marathon last year.

Mai Ito came in seventh in 2:28:36, finishing first among her countrywomen.