Kikutani 4th in Vienna

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Kento Kikutani (Toyota Boshoku) added a little bit of drama to the Vienna Metropolis Marathon even earlier than the disqualification of its authentic winner. ninth at February’s record-breaking Lake Biwa Marathon in a PB of two:07:26, Kikutani was the one one of many 4 Japanese males in Vienna to go along with the lead pack. He stayed with them nicely into the second half earlier than dropping off, however because the lead quartet slowed to arrange for the final kick he got here again, simply making contact with the again of the group earlier than the transfer got here.

Kikutani went into fourth, however with lower than 2 km to go he abruptly stopped, walked, after which appeared to stretch out a cramp of different problem.  He dropped again to fifth by the point he made it throughout the road in 2:10:37, nonetheless adequate for the quickest time by a Japanese man abroad since Kenta Murayama‘s 2:08:56 on the 2019 Berlin Marathon. It was a promising begin to the post-Tokyo 2020 continuum.

When preliminary winner Derara Hurisa (Ethiopia) was disqualified for sporting non-regulation sneakers Kikutani was upgraded to 4th, not the win he’d hoped for however a high quality displaying given the late-race setback. Leonard Langat (Kenya) took the win in 2:09:25, Ethiopian Betesfa Getahun 2nd in 2:09:42 and Kenyan Edwin Kosgei third in 2:10:10 after retaking Kikutani whereas he walked. Vibian Chepkirui (Kenya) gained the ladies’s race in 2:24:29.

With few racing alternatives at dwelling or overseas and few spots out there on the beginning line of the races which can be occurring, the opposite three Japanese males within the race, Yuta Koyama (Toenec), Koki Yoshioka (Chuo Hatsujo) and Daiji Kawai (Toenec), all with bests of two:08 to 2:10, continued the grand Japanese company league custom of going to worldwide marathons to jog a coaching run. All three beginning off within the second group, Koyama ended up seventh in 2:17:20, Yoshioka ninth in 2:18:09, and Kawai tenth in 2:21:47. Some issues will really by no means change.

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