FUKUOKA - Martin Mathathi outpaced defending champion Joseph Gitau to win the Fukuoka international marathon Sunday on his first completion of the full race distance for a one-two finish by the Japan-based Kenyan runners. The 27-year-old Mathathi, who lifted the 10,000-metres bronze medal at the 2007 world championships in Osaka, and compatriot Gitau broke away from a six-man front pack at 35 kilometres. Mathathi surged ahead at 40 kilometres to win the race in 2hrs 7mins 16 secs with Gitau second in 2:09:00 and Japanese Yuki Kawauchi third in 2:09:05. “The time is not bad for me as it is the first time that I finished a (full) marathon,” the Kenyan said. “I will try to clock around 2 hours and six minutes in my next race and then aim for still better times.”–AFP