2015 Tokyo Marathon

February 22, 2015
Tokyo, Japan
Nikkei Asia:

One hotel is actually hoping to save money by using the robots for jobs people would normally want to be paid for.

World Athletics:

LRC Tokyo 2015: Negesse and Dibaba Get First Major Marathon Wins, Stephen Kiprotich Shows Olympic Spirit in Second

Ethiopians Endeshaw Negesse and Birhane Dibaba got the Major marathon season underway with their first major wins as Stephen Kiprotich was a hero in second, Tariku Bekele bombed in his debut, Japanese twitter went nuts over the marathon, and Lauren Kleppin took a shot at greatness but bombed. We break it down.

LRC Women's Preview: Can Olympic Champ Tiki Gelana Resurrect Her Career?

Tiki Gelana hasn't run a good marathon since her 2012 Olympic victory but has an excellent shot to resurrect her career in this less than stellar field. 2014 runner-up Birhane Dibaba (2:22:30 pb) and 2014 Paris/Commonwealth champ Flomena Cheyech Daniel of Kenya (2:22:44) should provide some competition, as will debutante Selly Chepyego (bronze at World Half Champs). American 2:28er Lauren Kleppin is basically guaranteed her first career top 10 showing at a major in this small 10-woman elite field.


LRC Abbott World Marathon Majors Unveils New One-Year Race Series Format To Debut At Tokyo

The series will now go from Tokyo 2015 to Tokyo 2016, then Boston 2016 to Boston 2017. The $500,000 prize will be paid out in $100,000 yearly increments out of doping concerns. Plus the series is funding new blood testing all across the globe including Africa to insure all of the top marathoners are clean.


3 years ago, he stunned himself by beating Haile G for 3rd. before stunning the world in London.

LRC 2015 Tokyo Marathon Men's Preview: Dickson Chumba Aims to Repeat vs. Geoffrey Mutai, Stephen Kiprotich & Tsegaye Kebede

A year ago a Geoffrey Mutai (2013 NY champ), Kebede (2013 London champ), Kiprotich (2013 World Champ) match-up would have been salivating. Now all 3 titans have something to prove against defending champ Dickson Chumba as Tariku Bekele makes his debut. In all, five sub-2:05 guys will toe the line on Sunday morning (Saturday night in U.S.).

World Athletics:

The women's field has just 4 sub-2:24 marathoners in it (London has 9, Boston 11, Dubai 12).


Many were speculating he wouldn't race. "I know it is going to be tough but I will concentrate and try to put up a good show."

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