Michael Kipyego of Kenya surged ahead of Haile Gebrselassie with four kilometers left on Sunday to win the Tokyo Marathon for his first career victory.
Gebrselassie held the lead after 36 kilometers but Kipyego pulled ahead at the 38-kilometer mark and crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 37 seconds. “I was able to close the gap on Haile,” Kipyego said. “I thought I should hang back for a bit but changed my mind and pushed because there were other runners coming from behind.” Gebrselassie, who finished fourth with a time of 2:08:17, was aiming to secure a place on the Ethiopian team for the London Olympics but needed to run under 2:04 to boost his chances. Still, the long distance great wasn’t about to give up on going to London.