The Fukuoka International Open Marathon 2022 will get going on Sunday, December 4 and the World Athletics Gold Label Road Race, which was founded in 1947 will discontinue after the 76th edition because of funds.
Sunday’s race will be the 76th edition of the Fukuoka International Marathon and the organizing committee revealed that this will be the final of the long-serving series. The race will be streamed in Japan live on TV Asahi.
USA’s 1972 Olympic champion Frank Shorter won the race four times consecutively in the early 1970s and Japan’s Toshihiko Seko had three wins in a row later in that decade, with a fourth race success in 1983.
The course record of 2:05:18 was set by Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia in 2009 and I hope that we will see this time go down on Sunday. Read More News: Where to watch the Valencia Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP 2022?
Leading the way is Abel Kirui of Kenya who owns the fastest entry time in this year’s race with a personal best of 2:05:05 that he set in Valencia in 2020. His Kenyan teammates Kenneth Keter (2:06:05, Amsterdam 2021), Silas Too (2:06:32, Eindhoven 2021), as well as Israel’s Maru Teferi (2:06:58, Seville 2022) could also get close to the course record this weekend or at least they would like to think so.
The winning time last year was 2:07:51with the first eight runners running faster than 2:10, while five personal bests were set by athletes in the Top 10.
Men’s Elite Field For Fukuoka International Open Marathon 2022
- Abel Kirui (Kenya) – 2:05:05 (Valencia 2020)
- Kenneth Keter (Kenya) – 2:06:05 (Amsterdam 2021)
- Silas Too (Kenya) – 2:06:32 (Eindhoven 2021)
- Maru Teferi (Israel) – 2:06:58 (Seville 2022)
- Yemane Tsegaye (Ethiopia) – 2:07:17 (Barcelona 2021)
- Michael Githae (Kenya) – 2:07:51 (Fukuoka Int’l 2021)
- James Gitahi Rungaru (Kenya) – 2:08:25 (Fukuoka Int’l 2021)
- Barelign Teshager Yegzaw (Ethiopia) – 2:08:28 (Los Angeles 2020)
- Daiji Kawai (Toenec) – 2:08:31 (Tokyo 2022)
- Kazuma Kubo (Japan) – 2:08:48 (Tokyo 2022)
- Kenta Murayama (Japan) – 2:08:56 (Berlin 2019)