Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Nakamura 7th in Boston Marathon


translated and edited by Brett Larner

At the 114th Boston Marathon on April 19th, Beijing Olympics marathoner Yurika Nakamura (Team Tenmaya) finished 7th overall with a time of 2:30:40. Teyba Erkesso (Ethiopia) won in 2:26:11, while Robert Cheruiyot (Kenya) set a course record 2:05:52 in his first Boston win.

Since the Beijing Olympics Nakamura has focused on her track speed, meaning Boston was her first marathon in one year and eight months. Nakamura led most of the first half of the race but fell behind the leaders when Erkesso and two other Ethiopians surged away at 20 km. Last year's winner Salina Kosgei (Kenya) was 3rd.

Men's 60+ world record holder Yoshihisa Hosaka (Natural Foods AC) had a disappointing day, 2nd in his age group in 2:56:30. In the wheelchair race Wakako Tsuchida took her 4th straight title in 1:43:32, while Kota Hokinoue was the top Japanese man, 3rd in 1:27:05.

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