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February 25, 2017

2017 Tokyo Marathon: Wilson Kipsang misses world record (splits, results, notes)

Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang attempted to take back the world record in the marathon but fell short in his win at Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon in 2:03:58.

Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57. which was set at the 2014 Berlin Marathon, remains safe. Kipsang previously held the world record before Kimetto when he ran 2:03:23 at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.

Kipsang stuck with the lead pack of runner, who ran a very aggressive pace from the start. The first five kilometers was clocked at 14:13 and the field would remain well under world record pace through the first 30 kilometers. From 30K to 35K, Kimetto dropped a 14:09 while Kipsang went backwards and ran 15:00.

Kipsang split 1:01:21 for the first half and then 1:02:36 for the second half. Kimetto negative split in his world record with 1:01:45 and 1:01:12

Here is a comparison of Kimetto and Kipsang’s splits:

dennis kimetto wilson kipsang splits

Also, here is a graphical representation of the two men’s 5K splits in each respective race, showing Dennis Kimetto’s stronger second half:

Some other notes: 

  • The women’s race was won by Sarah Chepchirchir in a course-record of 2:19:47.
  • Sara Hall dropped a big personal best of 2:28:26.
  • Andrew Bumbalough made his marathon debut and ran 2:13:58.
  • It’s pretty clear that Tokyo now could be considered a PR course after they made a few adjustments.

We’ll have more on Kipsang’s world record miss in the next few days.

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