Des Runs PB to Win Japan's Beppu-Oita Marathon

04 February 2018

TOKYO (kyodo) South Africa's Desmond Mokgobu crossed the tape just three seconds ahead of Japan's top finisher Hayato Sonoda to win the Beppu-Oita Marathon on Sunday.

Sonoda led the race at the 30-kilometer mark but was overtaken 5 km later by Mokgobu, who finished the 42.195-km course from Takasakiyama-Umitamago in Oita to Oita City Athletic Stadium in 2:09:31 (PB).

Despite narrowly losing the title, Sonoda earned a spot in next year's Grand Championship, a selection qualifying race for Japanese runners for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japan's Shohei Otsuka finished third with a time of 2:10:12.

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