Rothlin wins Tokyo Marathon

Switzerland's Rothlin wins Tokyo Marathon with personal-best time

updated: February 17, 2008 09:25 IST
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Switzerland's Viktor Rothlin won the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday, finishing in a personal-best 2 hours, 7 minutes, 23 seconds.

Rothlin, the bronze medalist in the world championships in August in Osaka, broke his personal record of 2:08:20.

''To be third in Osaka and then win here at a place where marathon is so popular is unbelievable,'' Rothlin said. ''I'm so happy I can't put it into words.''

Japan's Arata Fujiwara finished second in 2:08:40, and Kenya's Julius Gitahi was third in 2:08:57.