There were still 40-runners in the lead pack when they went through 20K in 1:01:12 (2:09:06 marathon pace), but Ndungu beat Italy's European marathon champ Daniele Meucci by over 2-minutes. 2:04-man Bazu Worku was back in 7th (2:13:32).
*Bizarre: Pacemakers Did A Terrible Job As The Pace Was All Over The Place And One Almost Took The Leaders The Wrong Way Apparently the elites kept passing the pacers and telling them to speed up, but the pacers couldn't handle it. However, before he dropped out one pacer helped Ndungu out by loaning him his watch. Ndungu: “I left my watch in the (changing) room so I asked my friend to hand over his watch when he is done with the pacing duties."
Bazu Worku (2:05:25) leads the field.
Moses Mosop leads the way as he faces Vincent Kipruto (2:05:13), Bazu Worku (2:05:25) and Deressa Chimsa (2:05:42).
Women's field includes Russia’s Olympic bronze medallist Tatyana Arkhipova (2:23:29) and Ethiopians Amane Gobena (2:23:50) and Merima Mohammed (2:23:06).
Worku has made a nice living running frequently and winning.
Defending champion Vincent Kipruto takes on fellow 2:05 man Bazu Worku and Yuki Kawauchi.
Ian Burrell in 2:13:26 and Heather Tanner in 2:42:19 were the top Americans.