The Kenyan wanted to dip under 2:05.
Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang didn’t just win Japan’s Lake Biwa Marathon; he also broke the course record. The race was run in excellent conditions, which helped the elite field achieve world-class times. Kipsang’s time was 2:06:13. The race proved to be an exciting one with Kipsang and Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga battling it out in the final kilometers.
The lead pack went through the half in 1:03:29–a pace too fast for invited athletes Iaroslav Musinchi and Mohamed El Hachimi who both dropped out early on.
Throughout the race, Merga, a former Boston Marathon champion, tested the field, surging frequently to try and thin the pack.However, by the 39th kilometer, it was Kipsang’s race to lose. Afterwards, he admitted he knew he had dropped off his goal pace of 2:05 by the last third of the race, but was nonetheless pleased with his new course record.
Deriba Merga ended up placing third in 2:09:13, while Japan’s Hiroyuki Horibata came in third in 2:09:25. Horibata’s time was a personal best by over two minutes. It assured him a slot on the Japanese World Championship marathon team.
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