by Brett Larner
photo (c) 2011 Dr. Helmut Winter
In the men's race, Komazawa University's Takahiro Gunji had a narrow win in 1:06:01 over Koku Gakuin University's Nozomu Hashisaka and pro Kazuyoshi Tokumoto (Team Nissin Shokuhin) who went 1:06:04, and Hashizaka's teammate Shinobu Aoki who ran 1:06:10. Gunji became the second Komazawa second-stringer to win a half marathon in the last two weeks following Toshiaki Nishizawa's win at the Oct. 2 Sapporo Half Marathon. Gunji told Komaspo news, "I felt great. Last year [teammate Akinori] Iida won here, so I ran with the intention of adding to the streak. Coach [Hiroaki Oyagi] told me, "More than the time I want you to go for the win," so I went into it at a high level and tried to hang on. I couldn't pull that off, though, so I'm a little disappointed. Still, I made the team's entry roster for the National [University Ekiden Championships] so now I really want to fight for a place on the starting list."
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