Marathon action last weekend focused on the western Pacific with events in Singapore, China and Japan.
In Japan's Fukuoka Marathon, Martin Mathathi of Kenya crossed the line in 2:07:16 to beat the runner-up, defending champion Joseph Gitau, by almost two minutes. Very hot weather in Singapore resulted in relatively slow times as a pair of Kenyans overcame the conditions to post victories. Sharon Cherop and Ethiopia's Debre Godana were both credited with times of 2:41:12 in the women's race, but Cherop finished first by about two-thirds of a second. Chelimo Kipkemoi won the men's race in 2:15:00. China's Shanghai Marathon provided an exception to the usual parade of Kenyan and Ethiopian winners this year, as South Africa's Stephen Mokoka won the men's race in 2:09:30. Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia finished first in the women's event, in 2:23:27.