Ethiopian Legese wins rain-hit Tokyo Marathon, Chumba third

              Birhanu Legese of Ethiopia crosses the finish line, winning the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Jun Hirata/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese won the rain-hit Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, denying defending champion Dickson Chumba of Kenya a third consecutive title.

Legese clocked a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 48 seconds to finish comfortably ahead of Kenyan Bedan Karoki (2:06:48).

Chumba, who was aiming to become the first back-to-back champion and three-time winner following his victories in 2014 and 2018, finished third.

Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga, who finished second in Tokyo last year, won the women’s title, clocking 2:20:40 to beat compatriot Helen Tola by 21 seconds.

Ethiopians have now won the women’s marathon in Tokyo in six of the last eight editions.


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