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Tokyo marathon: Africans smash course records at Tokyo marathon

Nairobi, Kenya - African runners broke the course records in both the men's and women's events at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, PANA reported, quoting the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

Kenya’s Dickson Chumba won the men's race in two hours, five minutes and 42 seconds to break the course record, while Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia clocked a winning time of two hours, 22 minutes and 23 seconds to smash the record in the women's event.

Chumba’s winning time is the fastest ever performance in Tokyo, replacing the course record set last year by another Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto.

Chumba also took four seconds off the Personal Best he set at the 2012 Eindhoven Marathon.

Meanwhile, Tsegaye’s winning time took more than three minutes off the women’s course record set last year by compatriot Aberu Kebede.

While Chumba was the third Kenyan in succession to win the men’s race, Tsegaye was the third consecutive Ethiopian woman to win in Tokyo.

African runners dominated both the men's and women's events, winning the first seven places in the men's race and finishing in the first five in the women's race.

Pana 24/02/2014