• Kyodo


Japan’s Yukiko Akiba finished third in the women’s portion of Sunday’s London Marathon in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 43 seconds.

Akiba’s time fell short of the 2:23:49 qualifying standard set by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations for selection to the world championships squad. The race was won by Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo, the silver medalist at last year’s London Olympics, in 2:20:15 with her compatriot Edna Kiplagat second.

The men’s race was won by Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede, the 2010 champion, in 2:06:15.

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