Monday, June 27, 2011

Hasegawa Over Wainaina and Nakadai at Saromako 100 km, Kaburaki 5th at Western States 100

translated and edited by Brett Larner
complete results coming soon

Corporate team runner Kiyokatsu Hasegawa (Team JR Higashi Nihon) took his first win at Japan's premier ultra, the June 26 Saromako 100 km, running 6:31:06 to beat defending champion, Kenyan national record holder and double Olympic marathon medalist Erick Wainaina (Lights AC) and defending 100 km world champion Shinji Nakadai (Harriers AC). "It was pretty close," Hasegawa said after the race, "but I managed to win. This will help me as I get ready for a good run at the Hokkaido Marathon." Wainaina finished 3rd, with Nakadai 6th. Naomi Ochiai (Tokyo T&F Assoc.) won the women's race in 7:54:08.

Across the Pacific, top-ranked trail runner Tsuyoshi Kaburaki, 42, ran a patient race at the Western States 100, advancing through the field late in the race to take 5th overall.

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