Africans dominate Japan marathon - African runners on Sunday dominated the 68th annual Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in Otsu, Japan, finishing in the first three places, according to the sport's world governing body, IAAF.
Vincent Kipruto of Kenya, Tariku Jufar of Ethiopia and James Mwangi of Kenya finished first, second and third respectively.
Kipruto, a world silver medallist, was the fastest runner in the field, with the marathon best of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 13 seconds
But he failed lived up to expectations in Japan, with a relatively slow time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 34 seconds.
Jufar finished a mere four seconds behind Kipruto, while Mwangi clocked two hours, 8 minutes and 48 seconds.
The race developed into a duel between the Africans, but not between Kipruto and compatriot Peter Kirui, as was expected before the race.
Instead, it was between Kipruto and Jufar.