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Monday, 7th December 2009
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PB in Japan for marathon winner

Fukuoka International Marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede ran a personal best in Japan to secure victory in the race this weekend.

The Associated Press (AP) reports the Ethiopian's winning time, which came in at two seconds faster than he had previously achieved.

In all, the 26-mile (42-km) course took Kebede two hours, five minutes and 18 seconds to complete.

Dereje Tesfaye had stayed in touch with Kebede for much of the race, until the 33-km point.

The AP explains that this was where the eventual winner broke away, putting some distance between himself and the chasing pack.

Host nation Japan secured two places in the top ten, with eighth-placed Harun Njoroge and ninth-placed Tadashi Shitamori setting a similar pace to Portugal's Luis Feiteira, who finished sixth.

Eleventh-placed Takayuki Ota, also Japanese, was the lowest-placed athlete to break the two hours and seven minutes barrier, finishing almost four full minutes ahead of Great Britain's highest finisher, Thomas Payn.

Written by Graham McPherson