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Ethiopian Negesse wins Tokyo Marathon

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Tokyo, Feb 22: Ethiopia's Endeshaw Negesse defeated World and Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda to win the Tokyo Marathon here Sunday.

The 26-year-old Negesse crossed the finish line in two hours and six minutes. Kiprotich and race record-holder Dickson Chumba of Kenya ended second and third, respectively, reported Xinhua.

In the women's race, Birhane Dibaba, also from Ethiopia, won the title in 2:23:14.

More than 36,000 people participated in the annual event.

The Tokyo Marathon is one of the World Marathon Majors. It attracts about 1.6 million spectators along the route.

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