Wilson Kipsang of Kenya missed out on the world record but ran the fastest time ever on Japanese soil to win the Tokyo Marathon in two hours, three minutes and 58 seconds on Sunday.
The 34-year-old was looking to better compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s mark of 2:02.57 and wrest back the world record he lost in 2014 but was unable to take sufficient advantage of a new course design.
“Today I was really feeling good and the course was very nice,” Kipsang said after receiving the trophy.
“I really enjoyed it and I was going for a world record but I think it was a little bit windy and that’s why I couldn’t run that time.”
All six of the world record times recognized by the IAAF have been set at the Berlin marathon, including Kipsang’s at the 2013 version.
Kipsang had said he would be aiming for a mark of 2:02.50 and, running at the front of the field behind a phalanx of blue-shirted East African pacemakers, was on course for it at the 10, 15 kilometer and halfway marks.