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Reigning Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich finished fourth in the 2016 Tokyo Marathon on Sunday morning.

Reigning Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich finished fourth in the 2016 Tokyo Marathon on Sunday morning.


The race was won by Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa, while Kenya's Helah Kiprop set a new course record to win the women's race.


Kiprotich set a time of 2:07:48, while Lilesa who broke the tape ahead of the field had an impressive time of two hours, six minutes and 56 seconds.  Kenya's Bernard Kipyego and Dickson Chumna finished third and fourth respectively.


Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) said they are happy with Kiprotich's performance since he is preparing for the Olympics. "We are sure  by the time of Olympics in Brazil he will be in much better shape," added Otuchet.


Kiprotich who won gold at the 2012 London Olympics told URN last month that his target is to retain his Olympic gold medal and keep Uganda in the world athletics map.


Besides the Olympics, Uganda will also send athletes for the World Half Marathon in Cardiff, World University Cross Country and the Africa Cross Country event in Cameroon all to take place in March.