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Comedian Uno Kentaro finishes first among celebs in Tokyo Marathon



The 2012 Tokyo Marathon took place on Sunday. Kenya’s Michael Kipyego won the race with a time of 2:07:37, beating Japan’s Fujiwara Arata (2:07:48) and Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich (2:07:50). Last year’s winner, Hailu Mekonnen from Ethiopia, finished 4th with a time of 2:08:17.

As always, many Japanese celebrities also participated in the race. Comedian Uno Kentaro, of the duo Genkis, finished fastest among them, with an impressive time of 2:38:19. However, he failed to top his personal best of 2:37:05 (achieved at the Osaka Marathon last fall). Uno had been hoping to beat comedian Neko Hiroshi’s 2011 time of 2:30:26, which set the all-time record for a Japanese celebrity in the Tokyo Marathon.

Talento Nishitani Ayako finished the race in 3:15:50, setting a new record for a female Japanese celebrity.

AKB48’s Akimoto Sayaka ran the marathon for her second year in a row. Last year, her time was 6:50:06, but she improved by more than an hour to finish the race in 5:34:13.


Yahoo! SportsNavi has a list of most of the celebrities who ran in this year’s marathon:


Sources:
Sankei Sports
Sankei Sports
Sports Hochi
Yahoo! SportsNavi and tokyograph

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