Boston marathon champion Edna Kiplagat will be making her debut at this year’s Kagawa Marugame half marathon before setting her pair of foot to defend her Boston marathon title.
The double world marathon champion will compete alongside Betsy Saina in the Japanese city on February 4th.
Race organizers released the names of top notch runners that include homegrown and three time winner Fakoyo Fukushi 67:26 while Kiplagat’s 67:41 and Saina’s 67:27, a second behind Fukushi.
In men’s race, Bernard Kimani will face off with world half marathon record holder Zersnery Tadese (58:23) who has the best time on the course.
Kimani has best time of 60:05 and will be yearning for victory that has other Kenyans Dominic Kiptarus (60:53), Wilson Kiprono Too (60:57), Patrick Muendo Mwaka (61:51) and Edward waweru (62:08).
Local fans will be hoping that national record-holder Yuta Shitara, or indeed compatriots Kenta Murayama and Keijiro Mogi, will become the first Japanese athletes in 12 years to win the men’s race in Marugame.
- Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 58:23
- Bernard Kimani (KEN) 1:00:05
- Yuta Shitara (JPN) 1:00:17
- Moses Kibet (UGA) 1:00:44
- Kenta Murayama (JPN) 1:00:50
- Dominic Kiptarus (KEN) 1:00:53
- Keijiro Mogi (JPN) 1:00:54
- Wilson Kiprono Too (KEN) 1:00:57
- Daichi Kamino (JPN) 1:01:04
- Keita Shitara (JPN) 1:01:12
- Patrick Muendo Mwaka (KEN) 1:01:51
- Edward Waweru (KEN) 1:02:08
- Takuya Noguchi (JPN) 1:02:21
- Suehiro Ishikawa (JPN) 1:02:23
- Hiroaki Sano (JPN) 1:02:40
- Kayoko Fukushi (JPN) 1:07:26
- Edna Kiplagat (KEN) 1:07:41
- Betsy Saina (KEN) 1:09:27
- Michi Numata (JPN) 1:09:27
- Sara Hall (USA) 1:09:37
- Mai Ito (JPN) 1:09:57
- Riko Matsuzaki (JPN) 1:11:04
- Jessica Trengove (AUS) 1:11:07
- Kellys Arias (COL) 1:11:21
- Yomogi Akasaka (JPN) 1:11:41