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1056.2 km Kyushu Isshu Ekiden Reaches Halfway Mark

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translated and edited by Brett Larner

At the halfway point of the 2008 Kyushu Isshu Ekiden, a 10-day race around the 1056.2 km periphery of Japan's southernmost major island, defending champion Fukuoka Prefecture maintained its lead over rival Miyazaki Prefecture, winning the 7-stage, 118.3 km fifth day in a time of 6:00:31 after catching Nagasaki Prefecture on the day's sixth stage. Fukuoka's accumulated time for the first 5 days of the race is 25:16:37, leading Miyazaki by 4 minutes 51 seconds.

The Kyushu Isshu Ekiden finishes Nov. 9 in Fukuoka.

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