translated by Brett Larner
On the Japanese national team for the Sept. 4 Daegu World Championships men's marathon, Yuki Kawauchi (24, Saitama Pref.), visited an elementary and junior high school on the island of Oki in Shimane prefecture on June 20. A day earlier while running in the lead of the local Okinoshima 50 km ultramarathon Kawauchi passed out in the final few hundred meters and was taken to a hospital for emergency treatment. "I blacked out with somewhere around 1 km left," he said. "When I came to I was in an ambulance. My temperature right afterwards was around 38 degrees, but I'm OK now. I went to pay my respects at my ancestors' graves, and I got a lot of my strength back from all the energy of the children at the school." Declaring that he feels fully recovered, Kawauchi said he plans to resume normal training on June 21 and to run the July 3 Sapporo International Half Marathon as planned.