He defeated Haile Gebrselassie at the end of the race.
With over two miles remaining in the Tokyo Marathon, Kenya’s Michael Kipyego established himself as one of the best of the best, passing Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie and winning the race.
Kipyego crossed the finish line in two hours, seven minutes, and 37 seconds. It was his first career win.
“I was able to close the gap on Haile,” Kipyego said. “I thought I should hang back for a bit but changed my mind and pushed because there were other runners coming from behind.”