Ethiopia's Hailemaryam Kiros outsprinted Uganda's Victor Kiplangat over the final 200 meters to win the Osaka Marathon on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Kiros set a meet record of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 1 second, finishing just two seconds ahead of Kiplangat. Tanzania's Alphonce Felix Simbu settled for third place in 2:06:19.

The leading pack was reduced from four to three around the 39-kilometer mark and then down to two at 40 km toward the finish line in Osaka Castle Park.

Ethiopia's Hailemaryam Kiros crosses the finish line to win the Osaka Marathon on Feb. 26, 2023, in the western Japan city. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Kazuya Nishiyama was the top Japanese finisher in sixth in 2:06:45, the fastest time ever recorded by a Japanese marathon debutant.

Compatriot Yohei Ikeda, who also made his marathon debut, followed in seventh, clocking 2:06:53. Nishiyama and Ikeda earned spots in the Oct. 15 Marathon Grand Championship in Tokyo, a qualifying event for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The women's race was won by Ethiopia's Helen Tola Bekele, who ran a meet-record 2:22:16.

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