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14 Mar 2002
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Yesterday, for the first time in four years, the Tokyo Marathon was held on the scale it was known for before the coronavirus pandemic. Some 38,000 runners started the race at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building on Sunday morning in chilly and cloudy weather. Crowds of spectators gathered along the route and cheered, as no restrictions are in place this year. The course passed through well-known districts such as Asakusa and Ginza and finished at Tokyo Station.


Photo credit: Reuters

The results:

Ethiopia's Deso Gelmisa outsprinted compatriot Mohamed Esa down the final stretch to claim a thrilling victory in Sunday's Tokyo Marathon. The 25-year-old Gelmisa clocked a winning time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 22 seconds as he crossed the finish line in the capital's Marunouchi district less than a second ahead of Esa. Tsegaye Getachew was three seconds off the pace as he completed a men's podium sweep for Ethiopia. Kenya's Rosemary Wanjiru took out the women's race in 2:16:28, running the seventh-fastest women's marathon in history, according to World Athletics. Paris Olympics hopeful Ichitaka Yamashita was the first Japanese runner home, finishing seventh in a personal-best 2:05:51, while sixth-place Tokyo Olympic finisher Suguru Osako was ninth in 2:06:13.

Below the final stretch.

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