|DAP’s Tulu Dereje Debele of Ethiopia claims second in men’s Beppu Oita Mainichi Marathon - Japan|
The race started out with the lead group being led by the pace makers running 5 km splits of 15’17”,and throughout 15 km and reaching the halfway mark in 1h04’36”.
At this point the African trio of Khalil Lemiciyeh (Morocco), Felix Keny (Kenya) and Dereje Debele (Ethiopia) responded with a surge that opened a gap over the lead pack with Nakamoto, and others following with caution few meters back.
The lead group kept running together before Debele began to pull away towards the 30th kilometer mark and gaining some three-second lead, but Nakamoto and Ito soon reeled him in while Keny and Oishi strayed a few meters behind. Ito soon dropped back, leaving Nakamoto and Debele to go head-to-head over the last 7 km of the race.
Debele worked the bridges, opening small leads on the downhills and forcing Nakamoto to catch up. But his move was never decisive as Nakamoto returned on an uphill that got him a stride ahead.
Ate the final kilometer Debele remained tucked in behind him, hoping to win the last sprint, but Nakamoto would never give up, and Debele had to settle for a second position with a time of 2h10'23. Nakamoto prevailed for a victory in 2h09’32”.
Granollers Half Marathon - Spain
Elsewhere on Sunday, February 05 Demadonna's Cheprot Simon from Kenya claimed third position when finishing the men's half marathon in a time of 1h02'10".
Our Cheprot Simon trailed behind two compatriots, Matthew Kipkoech Kisorio and Evans Korir first and second in 1h01'30" and 1h02'07" respectively.