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Ueno Over Mogusu at Karatsu 10-Miler

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translated and edited by Brett Larner

2009 double 1500 m and 5000 m national champion Yuichiro Ueno (Team S&B) easily won the Feb. 10 Karatsu 10-Mile Road Race in Karatsu, Saga, beating Kenyan sub-60 half marathoner Mekubo Mogusu (Team Nissin Shokuhin) while looking relaxed and fresh. Indifferently evaluating his winning time of 46:56, Ueno said, "I just ran at the pace I had planned." A member of the historic S&B corporate team set to disband at the end of March, Ueno will run his final race in the S&B uniform at the Mar. 17 National Corporate Half Marathon Championships in Yamaguchi. He called his performance in Karatsu "just a training run" for the half, looking confident as he said, "I'm in the middle of doing really hard training, so the time I ran today says I should do great in the half too."

Keiko Nogami (Team Juhachi Ginko) won the women's 10 km in a strong 32:54.  The top woman from within the prefecture was Hiroko Yoshitomi (First Dream AC), 3rd in 33:08.  Despite running 19 seconds faster than last year, local Yuki Mitsunobu (Team Kyocera) was only 4th in 33:10.

In the high school boys' 10 km, Shuhei Kondo (Oita Tomei H.S.) took a second-straight win in 29:52, with Keisuke Kawano (Torisu Kogyo H.S.) 3 seconds back in 2nd.  Wakana Itsuki (Fukuoka Prep Wakaba H.S.) won the high school girls' 5 km in 16:59.

53rd Karatsu 10-Mile Road Race
Karatsu, Saga, 2/10/13
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Men's 10 Miles
1. Yuichiro Ueno (Team S&B) - 46:56
2. Mekubo Mogusu (Kenya/Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 47:20
3. Akihiko Tsumurai (Team Mazda) - 47:25
4. Daichi Kato (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 47:27
5. Hayato Ideue (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 47:28
6. Akiyuki Iwanaga (Team Kyudenko) - 47:28
7. Shota Inoue (Team Toyota) - 47:30
8. Kaoru Hirosue (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 47:44
9. Koji Kaneko (Team Kurosaki Harima) - 47:51
10. Takuya Sakai (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 47:53

Women's 10 km
1. Keiko Nogami (Team Juhachi Ginko) - 32:54
2. Misato Horie (Team Noritz) - 33:00
3. Hiroko Yoshitomi (First Dream AC) - 33:08
4. Yuki Mitsunobu (Team Kyocera) - 33:10
5. Fumiko Hashimoto (Team Shimamura) - 33:33
6. Sayaka Abe (Team Shimamura) - 33:38
7. Machiko Iwakawa (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 33:51
8. Chikako Morisaki (Team Wacoal) - 33:57
9. Ayaka Sutani (Team Kyocera) - 34:00
10. Kaori Oyama (Team Nortiz) - 34:00

High School Boys' 10 km
1. Shuhei Kondo (Oita Tomei H.S.) - 29:52
2. Keisuke Kawano (Torisu Kogyo H.S.) - 29:55
3. Masahiro Kan (Matsuyama Kogyo H.S.) - 29:59

High School Girls' 5 km
1. Wakana Itsuki (Fukuoka Prep Wakaba H.S.) - 16:59
2. Haruka Inutsuka (Taku H.S.) - 17:16
3. Yuki Shojima (Fukuoka Prep Wakaba H.S.) - 17:40

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