Benson Kipruto has expressed his excitement after breaking and setting a new course record at the 2024 Tokyo Marathon while leading a Kenyan contingent to a 1-3 sweep in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Kipruto the 2022 Chicago marathon champion marshaled the marathon known for its challenging course and competitive field to finish the race in a record time of 2:02:16 .

His compatriots Timothy Kiplagat came second running in 2:02:55 while Vincent Ngetich came in 2:04:55 to complete Kenya’s clean sweep in an event that saw marathon Champion Eliud Kipchoge finish tenth clocking 2:06:50.

When asked if he could become the first person to run under two hours, Kipruto said: “Nothing is impossible, I will work on that.”

On his side marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge after worst-ever Marathon finish said that ,“Not every day is Christmas.”

Kipchoge is gearing up for an attempt to win his third straight Olympic marathon gold later this year said something had happened in the middle of the race while maintaining it is still early to determine what shape he will be in at the Paris Games.

Taking to his social media handles, Kipchoge who has found it rough in recent races congratulated all participants while acknowledging there are good and bad days in sport.

“I can only say that sport is about good days and bad days. Unfortunately, today was a bad day for me. I want to congratulate all participants who reached the finish line, all pursuing their own goals and dreams.”


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