translated and edited by Brett Larner
Civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) ran the Jan. 20 Saitama Ekiden on the Saitama Prefecture Government team, finishing 2nd on the 11.9 km Third Stage in 36:54. On Jan. 18 Kawauchi ran the Egyptian Marathon, winning in a course record time. He spent only two nights in Egypt. "It was kind of a rushed trip," he said. "I didn't get enough sleep so I was a little tired, but I was in good shape for the run." He was satisfied with his ekiden performance, saying, "Even in the middle of marathon training I haven't lost my ekiden speed. I wasn't fatigued at all."