JAPAN - Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia won the Lake Biwa marathon yesterday after running the final third through the rain way ahead of the pursuing runners.
The 24-year-old upped the pace near the 24kmmark to shuffle the nine-man front pack. After the last pacesetter, Samuel Ndungu, abandoned the race at the 30km mark, Tsegay was alone for the rest of the race, crossing the finish line in 2hrs:9min:34sec.
"The course was good, but the weather was so bad that I had a foot problem caused by the water," said Tsegay. "I tried to set a new course record, but the bad weather was not good for me."
Japan's Tomoyuki Sato came second in 2:10:07 to become a candidate for the Asian Games later this year, while Abraham Tadesse of Eritrea was third in 2:10:46. - Sapa-AFP