Yorozoika was in third place coming off the final bend, but Murayama proved to have the stronger kick as he drew level down the home straight. In a mad dash for the line, Murayama took third place â€“ and the national record â€“ in 27:29.69, just five-hundredths of a second in front of Yorozoika.
Murayamaâ€™s time â€“ a personal best by 43 seconds â€“ took more than five seconds off the previous Japanese record of 27:35.09, set by Toshinari Takaoka in 2001.
It's pretty amazing that a country that until today had never had anyone under 27:30 can produce so many sub-2:10 marathoners.
1. William Malel (Kenya/Honda) - 27:22.12 - PB
2. Johana Maina (Kenya/Fujitsu) - 27:26.92 - PB
3. Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 27:29.69 - NR
4. Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 27:29.74 (NR)
Sympathise now go out to Tetsuya Yoroizaka. Twice this year, he has broken a long-standing Japanese record but not ended up with the new NR as he was beaten by another Japanese guy in the race. He ran 13:12 earlier this year when Osako ran 13:08.
Here is a photo of the finish: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HPpyysYPGdI/Vlmac-b9QzI/AAAAAAAAIBQ/BuDGN7wULtg/s400/MuraYoroNR.jpg
Plus Brett Larner has a tweet of the finish: