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Kenyan Chepngetich Richer By $250,000 After Winning Nagoya Marathon

Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich ran the second ever fastest marathon time to defeat hard fighting Kenya-Isreal runner Chemtai Salpeter to win the Nagoya Women’s Marathon in a new race-record time on Sunday, thereby pushing Japan’s Yuka Ando to third place.

The prize money for first place at the 2022 race was increased to $250,000, making it one of the biggest marathon purses in the world. In addition to elite competitors, it also admitted general-entry runners residing in Japan.

Chepngetich, the 2019 world marathon champion and 2021 Chicago Marathon winner, crossed the line at Vantelin Dome Nagoya in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 18 seconds, more than a minute ahead of Salpeter, winner of the 2020 Tokyo Marathon. Ando clocked 2:22:22.

Ando, who competed in the 10,000 meters event at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, met the qualifying time of sub-2:23:18 to be granted entry into the world athletics championships to be held in Oregon in July.

The race became a two-woman battle between Chepngetich and Salpeter after the 30-kilometer mark, but Chepngetich made a decisive uphill surge with around 8 km remaining, running strongly all the way to the finish line.

Results:

1. Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) – 2:17:18

2. Lonah Chemptai Salpeter (ISR) – 2:18:45

3. Yuka Ando (JPN) – 2:22:22

4. Ai Hosoda (JPN) – 2:24:26

5. Yuka Suzuki (JPN) – 2:25:02 

6. Eloise Wellings (AUS) – 2:25:10

7. Ikumi Fukura (JPN) – 2:25:15

By discernsportblog

Former sprinter, Taewondo and Badminton Player. Sport Physiotherapist

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