Fukuoka Marathon Results

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Little known Kenyan Joseph Gitau, with a previous best of 2:21, has outlasted a strong field to win the 2012 Fukuoka Marathon in 2:06:58.

The bigger news of the day was the withdrawal of two of the pre-race favourites, Haile Gebreselassie and Martin Mathathi. Both lasted until the 30km mark but not much beyond.

Japanese runner Hiroyuki Horibata came second in a personal best 2:08:24 and Poland’s Henryk Szost claiming third in 2:08:42.

In the predicted battle of Japanese favourites Arata Fujiwara and Yuki Kawauchi, it was Fujiwara taking the honours, finishing fourth in 2:09:31. Kawauchi finished just under a minute later, in sixth place (2:10:29).

American Mo Trafeh finally finished a marathon, taking seventh in 2:11:41.

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