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.