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Deki Wins Kanagawa Half Marathon

by Brett Larner

Aoyama Gakuin University's Takehiro Deki, who came from nowhere to win October's Takashimadaira 20 km in a course record-tying 58:51 before showing that time was not a fluke with an outstanding run on the Second Stage of last month's Hakone Ekiden, won the 33rd Kanagawa Half Marathon Feb. 6 in Yokohama. Deki's time of 1:04:16 was not especially quick but good enough for a comfortable win over pro Akinori Tachibana (Team Press Kogyo). Deki's teammate Shungo Kawamura rounded out the top three in 1:04:35.

2011 Kanagawa Half Marathon
1. Takehiro Deki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:04:16
2. Akinori Tachibana (Team Press Kogyo) - 1:04:31
3. Shungo Kawamura (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:04:35
4. Yoshihiro Tezuka (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:04:39
5. Shingo Ajima (Senshu Univ.) - 1:04:45
6. Nozomu Hashizaka (Koku Gakuin Univ.) - 1:04:48
7. Shun Imamura (Team Press Kogyo) - 1:04:49
8. Yuya Kayahara (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:04:54
9. Shunji Matsuo (Senshu Univ.) - 1:05:20
10. Ryotaro Otani (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:05:23

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