World Marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich, ran the second fastest time in the Women’s only marathon at the 42nd edition of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, which is a World Athletics platinum label road race that was held early Sunday (13) morning in Nagoya, Japan.
The 27 year-old came to this race with a personal best of 2:17.08 that she got when she won the 2019 Dubai Marathon and she was pitted against Kenyan -Israel runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter who also came to this race with a personal best of 2:17.45 that she got when took the top honors at the 2020 Tokyo Marathon.
Chepngetich took the early lead at the 25km mark but the gap was closed and she waited patiently to break away at the 35km mark, forging ahead to cut the tape with the second fastest time of 2:17.18 behind Mary Keitany’s time of 2:17.01.
Chepngetich also crushed the old race course record of 2:20.29 that was set in 2020 by Mao Ichiyama of Japan.
The Kenyan forced Salpeter to settle in the second place as she crossed the line in 2:18.44 which is also the third fastest time in the world.
Japans Yuka Ando who was the third fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:21.36 that she got at this race in 2017 where she finished in second place, closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:22.22.
- Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 2:17.18
- Lonah Salpeter (ISR) 2:18.44
- Yuka Ando (JPN) 2:22.22