World women Marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei crushed course record of the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race that was held on Sunday (6) in Tokyo, Japan.
The Tokyo Olympic marathon silver medallist came back to this city for the second time with a mission to improve on her silver to gold and it went on as she had anticipated, smashing the previous record of 2:17.45 that had been set by Kenyan-Israeli runner Israel Lonah Chemtai Salpeter in 2020.
The three times world marathon majors champion increased her pace and leaving Ashete Bekere from Ethiopia at the 35km mark gasping for air she ran the fastest ever time on Japanese smashing the previous record with a new course record of 2:16.02.
“My training was good in Kenya and the race went as I had planned. The weather was good though it was windy but am glad that I have won the race,” said Kosgei.
Bekere came home in second over a minute later with a time of 2:17.58 with Gotytom Gebreslase also from Ethiopia closing the podium finishes in 2:18.18.
Amsterdam Marathon course record holder, Angela Tanui from Kenya could not keep up with the heat as she came home in fourth place in a time of 2:18.42.
Changes to the course have enabled runners to finish earlier than previous editions of the event.