Viktor Röthlin, who won the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, won the 2008 Tokyo Marathon – an IAAF Road Race Silver Label event – with 2:07:23. It was a course record by more than two minutes, eclipsing the mark of 2:09:45 set by Daniel Njenga last year.
It was also a personal best and Swiss record by nearly a minute for Röthlin, whose previous personal best was 2:08:20, recorded at the 2007 Zürich Marathon. Röthlin was ecstatic after the race, repeating simply, “Unbelievable”. He then elaborated
“Winning the Tokyo Marathon in the Marathon craze country of Japan is just unbelievable. I have no words to describe my feeling.” Asked of his thoughts on the upcoming Olympics, Röthlin said, “I think I am on the right track for Beijing.”