Hailu Mekonnen wins Tokyo Marathon
“Haile is an incredible athlete who can be beaten by no one,” said the 30-year-old Mekonnen, who chipped two seconds off his previous personal best set last October in Amsterdam.
“It’s sad and disappointing Haile could not participate. There’s no question he would have made the Tokyo Marathon a much better race. I tried to make up for him not being here by running the best race I could possibly run.
“The Tokyo Marathon is one of the biggest races in the world and I’m very happy to have won it.”
Kenyan Paul Biwott took second at 2:08:17.
The women’s race, won by Tatiana Aryasova of Russia in 2:27:29, did not serve as a qualifier for the worlds. Noriko Higuchi was runnerup.