Tomomi Tanaka gave the Yokohama International Women's Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, a thrilling end to its short-lived run. Running just her second marathon, Tanaka outsprinted Kenya's Philes Ongori down the final straight to win in 2:26:57 on Sunday (16).
The relatively novel aspects of this year’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen – only the second time in the event’s history that it is being held in the spring, and only the second time that the championship race also incorporates a mass participation event following the very first version on Tyneside in 1992 – are likely to be counterbalanced in the women’s race by a return to business as usual on Saturday.
Three years after being soundly beaten into third place at the Sanyo Women’s Half Marathon, Sally Chepyego returned to Okayama on Monday (23) in the hope of a better result. The Kenyan well and truly avenged that defeat and shattered the course record in the process.