In Summary

The event was Mutai’s first 42km race since finishing as the country’s best marathoner - eighth in front of Stephen Kiprotich and Jackson Kiprop - at the Rio Olympics last year

Kampala.

Solomon Mutai continued to rise as one of Uganda’s top marathoners with a third-place finish at the Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan yesterday.

Mutai, a breakout of 2013, produced his best 42km race ever as he posted a new personal best time of two hours and 9:59 minutes.
This was a better finish considering Mutai finished in a distant 11th at last year’s edition of this Marathon that was won by Kenyan Lucas Rotich.

This time again, another Kenyan Ezekiel Chebii won, beating the field in a time of 2:09:06.

The event was Mutai’s first 42km race since finishing as the country’s best marathoner - eighth in front of Stephen Kiprotich and Jackson Kiprop - at the Rio Olympics last year.

Unlike Kiprotich, Mutai won’t be part of the team that will represent Uganda at the imminent 2017 World Cross-country Championships that take centre stage at Kololo Independence ground on March 26.

Lake biwa marathon
E. Chebii (KEN) 2:09:06
V. Kipruto (KEN) 2:09:15
S. Mutai (UGA) 2:09:59
S. Sasaki (JPN) 2:10:10
K. Matsumura (JPN) 2:11:04
S. Ishikawa (JPN) 2:11:05
H. Sonoda (JPN) 2:11:32
S. Osaki (JPN) 2:12:07
Y. Adane (ETH) 2:12:33
D.Uekado (JPN) 2:12:58

MUTAI AT A GLANCE
Date of Birth: Oct 22, 1992

Home town: Bukwo

Main Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:09:59

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