Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Sarah Chepchirchir clocked impressive world-leading performances at the Tokyo Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (26).
Kipsang, the former world record holder, clocked 2:03:58 to clip nearly two minutes from the previous race record while the unheralded Chepchirchir clocked 2:19:47 to improve the race mark by more than a minute. Both were also the fastest marathons ever run in Japan.
“I was feeling very good,” said Kipsang, whose performance was the 12th fastest ever run. “The course is very good, but it was bit windy.”
Fast from the gun
Strong winds notwithstanding, the men’s race began with a blistering pace to match the pre-race world record assault hype, opening with a 2:46 first kilometre and the clock reading 14:13 through five. Although the pace slackened when an early downhill portion of the course was run, the first 10…