Wednesday, November 25, 2009

'Japanese-Trained Douglas Wakiihuri Won New York'

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1136217/index.htm

A propos of nothing, really, here's a great old article I stumbled across yesterday about pioneering Japan-based Kenyan great Douglas Wakiihuri. I last saw him at the 2006 Ohtawara Marathon near his then-home in Tochigi Prefecture. JRN's Mika Tokairin interviewed him a few months later, describing it as one of the two most interesting she has ever done. After retiring he pursued a music career in Japan and subsequently returned to Kenya where he helped establish the Sotokoto Safari Half Marathon.

Strangely enough, if you follow the 'Toshihiko Seko' link in the article it takes you to my YouTube channel to see the videos Mika filmed of Seko playing drums and singing 'Minnie the Moocher' in Japanese at last year's Tokyo Marathon.

Update: Here's another SI article from the archives, this one about Toshihiko Seko winning the '87 Boston Marathon.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1065895/1/index.htm

This one also has Seko's named linked to Mika's videos of Seko playing music. Strange choice.

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