By CAPosts 28 February, 2021 - 05:40am 191 views
The Japanese Kengo Suzuki this Sunday became the first athlete born outside Africa to run a marathon in less than 2 hours and 5 minutes by winning the one on Lake Biwa with a time of 2:04:56, a new national record for Japan. Fitted with new-tech Nike running shoes , Suzuki dethroned Suguru Osako as the national record holder and lowered his previous personal best by more than five minutes, as he had never dropped below 2:10 before. old Japan, fell from 2h 08m, all of them pulverizing their personal marks. Hidekazu Hijikata, 23, was second with 2:06:26 and Kyohei Hosoya, 25, third with 2:06:35. Both were contesting their second marathon. Outside the podium, fourth, was Hiroto Inoue, winner of the 2018 Asian Games, who started leading and finished in 2:06:47. PP Suzuki, 25, took the lead when he was around kilometer 36 and managed to beat the previous national record of 2:05:29 set by fellow Japanese Suguru Osako in the Tokyo marathon held in March 2020. “I didn't expect to have a time like this. I'm more surprised than anyone, "said Suzuki at the end of the race in statements collected by the public broadcaster NHK, in which he was happy to have set the mark in this latest edition.
The Japanese personal record had been so far 2:10 :twenty-one. Suzuki finished seventh in the national qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and lost the selection. The runner regretted missing the Olympic event that is scheduled to start next July, but said he was training with a change of mind for the Paris Games. “I have been having a good workout. I want to continue like this, ”he said. The Lake Biwa Marathon dates back to 1946 and is the oldest in Japan. Its 76th edition was the last, after the decision to integrate it with the Osaka marathon from 2022.