japan running news: History Comes Calling - Kipsang and Chepchirchir Run Japanese Soil Records at Tokyo Marathon:

's investment in a new course and top-class field to match paid off with what might have been the greatest race in Japanese marathoning history as Kenyans Wilson Kipsang and Sarah Chepchirchir delivered the fastest men's and women's marathons ever run on Japanese soil. Young Japanese runners rose to the challenge in both races, with Hiroto Inoue (Team MHPS) and Ayaka Fujimoto (Team Kyocera) making huge breakthroughs to take top Japanese honors. Conditions were cool enough that the race went out hot, the men's front group going through the first km around 2:46 and splitting 14:14 on the downhill first 5 km, 2:00:07 pace, but it wasn't just them. A small chase group including debuting Japanese men Yuta Shitara (Team Honda) and Takashi Ichida (Team Asahi Kasei), and second-time marathoner Hiroto Inoue (Team MHPS) was close behind on WR pace with the main Japanese pack under N...

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