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Adachi Over Njui for First Karatsu 10-Miler Win in Tokyo Tune-Up

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translated by Brett Larner

At the 50th anniversary Karatsu 10-Mile Road Race on Feb. 14, 2008 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon winner Tomoya Adachi (Team Asahi Kasei) took 1st in an excellent time of 47:01. Re-entering the track in a tight pack for a final lap at the end of the race, Adachi outkicked last year's runner-up Cyrus Njui (Kenya/Team Hitachi Cable) and Akihiko Tsumurai (Team Mazda) for his first Karatsu win.

First-time winner Adachi commented, "I ran with a margin to spare. 47 minutes was my target time," indicating that the run had gone according to plan. In the early stages Adachi was relaxed, looking around at the others up front. With 3 km to go he took charge, leading the pack all the way back to the track for the finish. Adachi plans to run the Feb. 28 Tokyo Marathon and ran Karatsu as a final tune-up. But even though it was a tune-up, Adachi says, "If I had a chance to win I wanted to go for it. This confirms that I've got the leg speed to finish hard in Tokyo."

Shino Saito (Team Shimamura) won the women's 10 km in 32:50. In the high school boys' 10 km, Steven Njeri (Fukuoka Daiichi H.S.) ran the event's all-time 2nd best time of 28:50 for the win. The winners in the new open men's 10 km and high school girls' 5 km were Katsuya Morokuma (Saga Pref.) and Hitomi Sakaguchi (Kyushu Girls' H.S.).

2010 Karatsu 10 Mile Road Race - Top Finishers
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Men's 10 Mile
1. Tomoya Adachi (Team Asahi Kasei) - 47:01
2. Cyrus Njui (Kenya/Team Hitachi Cable) - 47:02
3. Akihiko Tsumurai (Team Mazda) - 47:02
4. Ryohei Nakano (Team Yasukawa Denki) - 47:08
5. Takayuki Hamaguchi (Team Shikoku Denryoku) - 47:13
6. Masato Kihara (Team Kanebo) - 47:30
7. Naosato Yoshimura (Team Toyota) - 47:31
8. Yunari Yamaguchi (Team Mitsubishi Juko Nagasaki) - 47:43

Women's 10 km
1. Shino Saito (Team Shimamura) - 32:50
2. Mika Yoshikawa (Team Panasonic) - 33:07
3. Rina Nomura (Team Uniqlo) - 33:17
4. Hitomi Nakamura (Team Panasonic) - 33:23
5. Megumi Miyazaki (Team Uniqlo) - 33:27
6. Asami Kato (Team Panasonic) - 33:28
7. Kumi Ogura (Team Shikoku Denryoku) - 33:29
8. Misato Tanaka (Team Sysmex) - 33:35

High School Boys' 10 km
1. Steven Njeri (Kenya/Fukuoka Daiichi H.S.) - 28:50

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