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Ethiopia's Lilesa wins Tokyo Marathon for 1st major title


TOKYO (AP) Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia won the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, pulling ahead of Kenya's Dickson Chumba inside the final two-kilometers (1.25 miles) to claim his first major marathon win.

Lilesa and Chumba broke away from a pack of seven runners that had led but it was Lilesa who had a final spurt to cross the finish line in two hours, six minutes and 56 seconds.

Chumba faded to third after being passed by compatriot Bernard Kiprop Kipyego who was second.

Kenya's Helah Kiprop won the women's race with a winning time of 2:21:27 ahead of last year's winner Birhane Dibaba who finished in second.

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Over 36,000 runners took part in Sunday's event, the 10th anniversary of the race through the streets of Tokyo.