FUKUOKA – Norway’s Sondre Moen cruised to victory in the Fukuoka International Marathon on Sunday, posting the second-fastest time in the race’s history.
The 26-year-old crossed the finish line at Heiwadai Athletic Stadium in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 48 seconds to finish well clear of Uganda’s London Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich.
Kiprotich clocked 2:07:10, while third place went to Suguru Osako with a time of 2:07:19 — the fifth fastest marathon run by a Japanese.
Osako’s time and placing guaranteed him a spot in next year’s Grand Championship, a selection qualifying race for Japanese runners for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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