Taiwanese form largest foreign contingent at Tokyo Marathon

2017/02/26 18:26:38
Taiwanese form largest foreign contingent at Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo, Feb. 26 (CNA) About 1,300 Taiwanese runners participated in the 2017 Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, making them the largest contingent of runners from any foreign country at the event that attracted some 36,000 runners from around the world.

The marathon started at 9 a.m. at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku and ended at Tokyo Station.

Among the Taiwanese runners, 16 were from the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association, including one aged 72.

Many of the Taiwanese runners had an ROC national flag symbol on their clothing or face, some had the word "Taiwan" printed on their chest in English, and others draped themselves in the ROC flag during the run.

Runners from Kenya dominated the marathon, taking the top place in both the men's and women's divisions.

Kipsang Wilson completed the men's marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 58 seconds to snatch the men's title, setting the record for the fastest marathon ever run in Japan that was previously held by Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, who won the Fukuoka Marathon in 2009 in 2:05:18.

Chepchirchir Sarah took the women's title in 2:19:47.

Sunday's race also served as a qualifier for Japanese men for the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London in August.

Hiroto Inoue had the best time among the Japanese men, clocking 2:08:22 to finish in eighth place overall.

(By Yang Ming-chu and Evelyn Kao)
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