TOKYO (AP) — Endeshaw Negesse won the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, leading an Ethiopian sweep of the men’s and women’s titles in the first event of the World Marathon Majors series.

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Negesse crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours, six minutes to finish 33 seconds ahead of Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda. Defending champion Dickson Chumba of Kenya was third in 2:06:36.

Negesse’s compatriot Birhane Dibaba took the women’s title with a time of 2:23:14.

About 36,000 runners took part in Sunday’s race through the streets of Tokyo. Security was tightened because of recent threats of terrorism.

The Tokyo race is one the World Marathon Majors along with Boston, Chicago, London, Berlin and New York.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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