World marathon silver medalist Helah Kiprop is now guaranteed a place in the Kenya Rio Olympics bound team following her impressive show at this years Tokyo Marathon in Japan’s bustling city.

Kiprop won the women’s race in a course record of 2 hours, 21 minutes and 27 seconds on Sunday beating Ethiopian Amane Gobena to second place in 2:21:51.

Edna Kiplagat, the 2011 and 2013 World champion from Kenya, came third in 2:22:36 followed by Ethiopian pair of Aberu Kebede (2:23:01) and Birhane (2:25.04).

Kiprop steadily surged away from her rivals, in a marvelous sprint and prior the competition, she could barely think of a win.

“I did not know if I could win this race until I actually crossed the finish line. Last year, I was second with a personal best of 2:24:03 so this year’s goal was to set another personal best. I was surprised to run even faster to set the course record,” said the 30-year-old Kiprop.

Kiprop will hope to make more records after claiming the 2014 Seoul International Marathon and making fourth at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.

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