Kenya’s Rosemary Monica Wanjiru won her first major marathon title when she took the honors at the closely contested 17th edition of the Tokyo Marathon held on Sunday (05) in Tokyo, Japan.
The 28 year-old who is also the 2015 Africa Games 5000m champion and who was also competing in her second marathon in her career took on last year’s runner-up Ashete Bekere, Tsehay Gemechu, Tigist Abayechew and Worknesh Edesa.
Wanjiru who last year was runner-up at the Berlin Marathon pulled away from the leading group at the 38km mark and she never looked as she was chased by the three Ethiopians cutting the tape in the sixth fastest time in the world of 2:16.28 and was closely followed in second by Gemechu who also dipped under the 2:17 mark, taking the slot for the eighth fastest women in the world.
Bekere closed the podium three podium finishes in a time of 2:19.11.
Kenyan-born Betsy Saina now trading for United States finished in fifth place in a new personal best of 2:21.40.
- Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) 2:16:28
- Tsehay Gemechu (ETH) 2:16:56
- Ashete Bekere (ETH) 2:19:11
- Worknesh Edesa (ETH) 2:20.13
- Betsy Saina (USA) 2:21:40