Results and Highlights from the 2024 Tokyo Marathon

Benson Kipruto and Sutume Asefa Kebede both won in course records.


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The Tokyo Marathon—the first World Marathon Major of 2024—took place Sunday morning in Japan. In near-perfect conditions, with a starting temperature of about 5 degrees, more than 37,000 runners took to the streets in Japan’s capital city. Course records fell, although several notable pre-race favorites fell short.



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Benson Kipruto wins men’s race in a course record

It was a Kenyan sweep in the men’s race: Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Benson Kipruto, 32, of Kenya, won in 2:02:16, a course record by 24 seconds. Timothy Kiplagat, 30, placed second in a personal-best 2:02:55, while Vincent Kipkemoi Ngetich, 25, was third in 2:04:18.

Led by a trio of pacers, a pack of seven men blazed out at world record pace, traveling the first 5K in 14:16 (4:36 pace). By 15K, the pace had slowed, but only four men (and two pacers) remained: Kipruto, Kiplagat, and Ngetich, and Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, 39, the two-time Olympic champion and former world record holder.

Around 20K, Kipchoge—who won and set the course record here in 2022—began to slip back. By 25K, he was more than a minute back. His pace continued to slide—he covered 30 to 35K in 15:49—and by then, he’d fallen to tenth.

Around the 27K mark, Kiplagat opened a slight gap on Kipruto and Ngetich, holding a solo lead for several kilometers. But at 32K, Kipruto caught up, and the pair stayed close until not long after the 35-kilometer mark, when Kipruto made a definitive move. Kipchoge finished 10th in 2:06:50. There were no American men in the elite field.

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Sutume Asefa Kebede takes down women’s course record

The women’s course record also fell when Sutume Asefa Kebede, 29, of Ethiopia, won in 2:15:55. Defending champion Rosemary Wanjiru, 29, of Kenya, placed second in a personal-best 2:16:14. Amane Beriso Shankule, 32, of Ethiopia, the reigning world champion, took third in 2:16:58.

Unlike the men, the women started more conservatively, then picked up the pace. The lead pack covered the first 5K in 16:16, a 5:12 pace. Shankule led much of the race as competitors dropped off; the pack thinned to seven by 15K, four by 25K, and the top three by 30K as the pace ratcheted down (Shankule, Wanjiru,and Kebede covered 25K to 30K in 15:59, 5:09 pace).

Just before the 40K mark, Shankule fell back. Then, at the fluid stop just after the 40K mark, Kebede pulled ahead of Wanjiru, battling to the clock to better the 2:16:02 Brigid Kosgei ran here in 2021.

Sifan Hassan, 31, of the Netherlands, was fourth in 2:18:05—it was her third marathon, and her first loss. However, her time was still faster than the 2:18:33 she ran in her victorious London debut.

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