Friday, July 2, 2010

Watch the Sapporo International Half Marathon Live Online With English Commentary

by Brett Larner

The 53rd Sapporo International Half Marathon takes place this Sunday, July 4. Defending champions Gideon Ngatuny (Kenya/Team Nissin Shokuhin) and Yurika Nakamura (Team Tenmaya) return to take on 2008 winners Mekubo Mogusu (Kenya/Team Aidem) and Yuri Kano (Second Wind AC), and foreign competition including 2009 World Championships marathon gold medalist Abel Kirui (Kenya), 2:05 marathoner Vincent Kipruto (Kenya), #1-ranked British woman Mara Yamauchi, and young American Antonio Vega. For domestic runners a spot on the national team for this year's World Half Marathon Championships is on the line, meaning many of the current top Japanese runners including Yu Mitsuya (Team Toyota Kyushu), Yukiko Akaba (Team Hokuren) and Ryoko Kizaki (Team Daihatsu) will be in the field.

The Sapporo International Half Marathon will be broadcast live nationwide on Nihon TV at 1:30 p.m. on July 4. Overseas viewers should be able to watch live online for free through Keyhole TV, available here. JRN will be doing live English commentary through our Twitter feed JRNLive.

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5 comments:

hotboykevin said...

It's going to be a tight race. Can Akaba break Fukushi's record? Why won't Fukushi run the half marathon anymore? She runs fast over 10000 meters. She still could run 1:08:00

hotboykevin said...

Nakamura looks really upset about losing in track. She won't let akaba take her title.

Simon said...

No Arata Fujiwara?

hotboykevin said...

disappoing results. No one can touch Kayoko record.

Brett Larner said...

Fukushi had the luxury of setting the record in mild February weather. It was 29 degrees, humid and windy in Sapporo.