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.
Kenya’s Michael Kipyego wins Tokyo Marathon
February 26, 2012, Sunday/ 22:48:00
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