|Demadonna’s Chumba Dickson Kiptolo of Kenya cloaks 2h06'25" to take third in the men’s Tokyo Marathon on Sunday February, 16|
The race took off in a very fast pace reaching the first 5 kilometers in 14’14”. The pace did not change much in the following stages with the leaders setting splits of 14’36”, 14’44” and 14’31” for the next three 5k segments, and reaching the halfway mark in 61’21”.
At this point the world record hunt was on as a group of four Kenyans formed by Wilson Kipsang, Dickson Chumba, Gideon Kipketer and Evans Chebet and Ethiopian Solomon Deksisa were all still in the lead group.
By the time the final rabbit stepped off at 30 kilometers, only Kipsang and Chumba remained. Their pace was beginning to slow down and going outside world record. At the 35 kilometers Kipsang creating a gap on Chumba that would not close. Kipsang would cross the finish to win with a big 2h03'58".
Our Chumba, who had looked good at 30 kilometers, struggled the rest of the way home allowing Gideon Kipketer to pass him for second and he had to settle for third place for the second year in a row in 2h06’25”.