translated and edited by Brett Larner
Team Kyudenko's Pauline Kiragu Wanguru won a five-way sprint finish at the 2008 Sanyo Women's Road Race half marathon to win in a PB of 1:10:54. A hilly course, cold temperatures and strong winds in the second half made for an overall tactical race. Five runners remained together with 400 m to go, meaning the race would go to the strongest kicker. Wanguru pulled ahead by a step to beat Team Sysmex's Megumi Seike, who came fresh from winning the Nov. 30 Shanghai Half Marathon, and Second Wind AC newcomer Ruth Wanjiru. Team Tenmaya's Yuka Izumi was 4th in a PB of 1:10:58, with Wanjiru's teammate Akemi Ozaki a short distance behind in 5th.
Second Wind AC head coach Manabu Kawagoe commented that the race was excellent preparation for Ozaki and Wanjiru's planned run in next month's Osaka International Women's Marathon, but that Ozaki was feeling in top condition and would have to be careful with her peaking. Ozaki and Wanjiru are scheduled to leave Dec. 24 for a training camp in Kagoshima Prefecture.
2008 Sanyo Women's Road Race Top Finishers
1. Pauline Kiragu Wanjiru (Team Kyudenko) - 1:10:54 - PB
2. Megumi Seike (Team Sysmex) - 1:10:55
3. Ruth Wanjiru (Second Wind AC) - 1:10:55
4. Yuka Izumi (Team Tenmaya) - 1:10:58 - PB
5. Akemi Ozaki (Second Wind AC) - 1:11:02
6. Yumiko Ando (Team Daiichi Seimei) - 1:11:41