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• Elite Start Lists: Tokyo Marathon 2017

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Elite Start Lists: Tokyo Marathon 2017 - February 26 

Elite Men

Athlete Country PB Comment
Wilson Kipsang Kenya 2:03:13 Former WR holder coming off PR in Berlin
Dickson Chumba Kenya 2:04:32 Old Tokyo CR holder also won Chicago in ’15
Tsegaye Kebede Ethiopia 2:04:38 Once one of the world’s most consistent marathoners, he’s struggled of late
Tadese Tola Ethiopia 2:04:49 Runner-up in ’14, but only ran 2:11 in Frankfurt in October
Bernard Koech Kenya 2:04:53 9th in Paris last year in 2:11
Evans Chebet Kenya 2:05:31 Only man to break 2:06 twice last year (in Seoul + Berlin)
Marius Kipserem Kenya 2:06:11 Won Rotterdam, 2nd Eindhoven in ’16
Bernard Kipyego Kenya 2:06:19 2016 runner-up also won Amsterdam in ’14 & ’15
Solomon Deksisa Ethiopia 2:06:22 Late add was runner-up in Rotterdam last April
Alfers Lagat Kenya 2:06:48 6th Paris, 7th Berlin last year
Masato Imai Japan 2:07:39 Ran PR to place 7th in ’15; 13th in ’16
Stephen Mokoka South Africa 2:07:40 10th at World Half Champs, 18th Olympic 10k in ’16
Arata Fujiwara Japan 2:07:48 2012 runner-up has finished 75th, 37th, 44th last 3 years
Kazuhiro Maeda Japan 2:08:00 Ran PR to take 4th in ’13 but hasn’t broken 2:11 since
Gideon Kipketer Kenya 2:08:14 1st Mumbai, 3rd Chicago last year
Hiroaki Sano Japan 2:09:12 9th in ’15, 18th in ’16
Koji Gokaya Japan 2:09:21 11th in ’15, 47th in ’16
Geoffrey Ronoh Kenya 2:09:29 6th Berlin in ’16
Takuya Fukatsu Japan 2:09:31 7th Chicago in ’16
Yohanes Ghebregergish Eritrea 2:09:48
Yuki Takamiya Japan 2:10:57 Top Japanese returner (8th in ’16)
Ryo Hashimoto Japan 2:11:20
Yuma Hattori Japan 2:11:46
Hiroyuki Yamamoto Japan 2:11:48
Andrew Bumbalough USA debut After years of injuries, ran 28:09 on the track in Nov.


Elite Women
Amane Beriso Ethiopia 2:20:48 Runner-up in Dubai last year but only 13th in Boston
Amane Gobena Ethiopia 2:21:51 Ran PR to take 2nd last year. Top returner
Birhane Dibaba Ethiopia 2:22:30 Tokyo has been good to her: PR in ’14, win in ’15
Sarah Chepchirchir Kenya 2:24:13 Coming off PR win in Lisbon in October
Marta Lema Ethiopia 2:24:32 Late add making major debut after PR in Xiamen in ’16
Kaori Yoshida Japan 2:28:43 Ran PR in Saitama two years ago
Sara Hall USA 2:30:06 12th London, 9th NYC last year
Betsy Saina Kenya debut Ran 30:07 to take 5th in Olympic 10k
 

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