Monday, October 12, 2015

Chicago Marathon - Japanese Results

by Brett Larner
photo by Dr. Helmut Winter

2013 World Championships bronze medalist and half marathon national record holder Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) ran arguably her most confident marathon to date in Chicago, hanging with the lead pack throughout the race and doing her share of pushing the tempo but ultimately unable to handle winner Florence Kiplagat's big move.  Kiplagat took the win in 2:23:33 over Ethiopian Yebrgual Melese, with Fukushi coming up just short of Ethiopian Birhane Dibaba, 2:24:24 to 2:24:25, just 4 seconds off Fukushi's best from Osaka Women's two years ago.  Contemporary Japanese women's marathoning being what it is, Fukushi's time was still good for #2 this year behind the 2:22:48 run by Sairi Maeda (Daihatsu) in Nagoya in March.

Chicago Marathon
Chicago, U.S.A., 10/11/15
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Women
1. Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) - 2:23:33
2. Yebrgual Melese (Ethiopia) - 2:23:43
3. Birhane Dibaba (Ethiopia) - 2:24:24
4. Kayoko Fukushi (Japan/Wacoal) - 2:24:25
5. Mulu Seboka (Ethiopia) - 2:24:40

Men
1. Dickson Chumba (Kenya) - 2:09:25
2. Sammy Kitwara (Kenya) - 2:09:50
3. Samuel Ndungu (Kenya) - 2:10:06
4. Girmay Birhanu (Ethiopia) - 2:10:07
5. Luke Puskedra (U.S.A.) - 2:10:24
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21. Satoshi Yoshii (Japan/Juhachi Ginko) - 2:20:33
22. Shogo Kanezawa (Japan/Chugoku Denryoku) - 2:20:40

photo (c) 2015 Dr. Helmut Winter, all rights reserved
text (c) 2015 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

1 comment:

TokyoRacer said...

Great run by Fukushi, she's still got it!!