• Lilesa and Kiprop take Tokyo titles

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Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa passed by race favorite Kenya's Dickson Chumba to win the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday and to claim his first victory at the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Kenya's Helah Kiprop won the women's race in a new course record time of 2:21:27.


Pre race favourite the Chicago marathon winner Dickson Chumba and Ethiopia's Lilesa pushed away from the pack about 10km left in the race. The pace Chumba set was far too fast as it left the Kenyan basicly dead. About 1.8km to go Felisa stormed passed Chumba and went to win the race in 2:06:56. The trouble for Chumba was not over yet as Bernard Kipyego managed catch and Chumba only 30m before the finish line. To win the 2015-2016 AWMM and a prize of USD 500.000 Chumba needed to win this race. However now the winner of AWMM is now London and Berlin champion Eliud Kipchoge who tops the standings. 

Kenyan Helah Kiprop crossed line in the women's race in a new course record time of 2:21:27 ahead of Ethiopia's Amane Gobena Ethiopia 2:21:51 , the defending Tokyo champion. Kiprop shaved of 2:36min from her previous personal best and almost a minute from Tirfi Tsegayes old course record of 2:22:23. The podium concluded well experienced Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who crossed the finish line in 2:22:36.  Kiprop is now tied with world champion Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia and New York champ Mary Keitany in the women's standings at the AWMM standings.


1. Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) 2:06:56 
2. Bernard Kipyego (Kenya) 2:07:33 
3. Dickson Chumba (Kenya) 2:07:34 
4. Stephen Kiprotich (Kenya) 2:07:46 
5. Abel Kirui (Kenya) 2:08:06 
6. Eliud Kiptanui (Kenya) 2:08:55 
7. Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai (Kenya) 2:10:23 
8. Yuki Takamiya (Japan) 2:10:57 
9. Javier Guerra (Spain) 2:11:01 
10. Yuta Shimoda (Japan) 2:11:34


1. Helah Kiprop (Kenya) 2:21:27 
2. Amane Gobena (Ethiopia) 2:21:51 
3. Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:22:36 
4. Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) 2:23:01 
5. Berhane Dibaba (Ethiopia) 2:23:16 
6. Shure Demise Ware (Ethiopia) 2:25:04 
7. Ashete Dido Bekele (Ethiopia) 2:25:50 
8. Maja Neuenschwander (Switzerland) 2:27:36 
9. Isabellah Andersson (Sweden) 2:30:02 
10. Yukiko Okuno (Japan) 2:31:17

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