first_imgBOSTON – Japan’s Reiko Tosa dominated the first half but had to settle for third place after she was overtaken by Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo and Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia in the women’s race at the Boston Marathon on Monday.Japan’s Reiko Tosa crosses the finish line third in the women’s division of the BostonMarathon. Tosa, one of Japan’s brightest hopes at the 2004 Athens Olympics, clocked a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 11 seconds to finish behind Jeptoo in 2:23:38 and Prokopcuka with 2:23:48 in the 110th edition of the world’s oldest contested marathon.“I wanted to win but unfortunately I came third. The course was much harder than I expected,” said Tosa, who raced in her first marathon since the Athens Olympics.Kiyoko Shimahara, who will represent Japan at the Doha Asian Games in December, came fifth, timing 2:26:52.Tosa got off to a solid start to take the lead ahead of the pack under clear conditions but gradually began to tire between the 25- and 33-kilometer marks as the hills worsened on the course and dropped her pace behind the pacesetters on the legendary Heartbreak Hill after the 32-km point.Tosa regained her rhythm on the downhill but was eventually overtaken again at the 37-km mark.“Today, I was able to give my best effort. I’d like to train harder so that I’m able to maintain my stamina in the latter part of the race next time,” Tosa said.Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot won his second Boston Marathon in a record time of 2:07:14 in the men’s race, beating the previous mark set by his compatriot Cosmas Nedti in 1994 by one second.Fellow Kenyan Benjamin Maiyo was second in 2:08:21, while Athens Olympic silver medalist Mebrahtom Keflezighi of the United States trailed in third with 2:09:56. Japan’s Kenjiro Jitsui came sixth in 2:11:32. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img