Kenya’s Macharia Ndirangu won the 73rd edition of the Lake Biwa Marathon that was held on Sunday (4) in Otsu near Lake Biwa, Japan.
Ndirangu who was debuting in the race took the surprise lead and never look backed beating his fellow country mate Albert Korir who came with a PB of 2:08.40.
Ndirangu could not lower the course record of 2:06.13 that was set in 2011 by Wilson Kipsang but managed to cut the tape in 2:07 .53.
He was followed by Korir who crossed the the line in 2:08.17 with New Zealands Jake Robertson another debutante coming in third in 2:08.26 breaking a 34-year national record.
The first Japanese to cross the line was Shogo Nakamura who crossed the line in seventh place in 2:10.51.
- Macharia Ndirangu (KEN) 2:07.53
- Albert Korir (KEN) 2:08.17
- Jake Robertson (NZL) 2:08.26