Kenya’s Barnaba Kipkoech took the top honors at the 12th edition of the Kobe marathon held on Sunday (19) in Kobe, Japan.
The 30 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:08.21 that he got last year at the Malaga Marathon where he took the honors, live up to the race expectations as he cut the tape first in a time of 2:11.19 with the Reigning Oceania 10,000m champion, Tim Vincent of Australia who was making a debut over the distance, coming home in second place in a personal best of 2:12.05.
The 2019 Morocco’s 10,000m national champion, Hassan Toriss, who finished in twelfth place last year, made a great improvement this year, as he managed to be on the podium when he clocked 2:13.06 to wrap up the podium three finishes.
Last year’s thirteenth place finisher Ayoub Dardar of Morocco also made a significant improvement as he came home in fourth with Kenya’s Mathew Kibiwott finishing in fifth in respective time of 2:13.38 and 2:15.25.
The race course record of 2:08.46 set four years ago by Uganda’s double 5000m National Champion, Geofrey Kusuro remains standing.
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