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Kawauchi Scores Huge Win on Gravel Road Marathon Course

translated by Brett Larner

Moscow World Championships marathon team member Yuki Kawauchi (26, Saitama Pref. Gov't) won the 33rd edition of the Chitose JAL International Marathon June 2 in a course record 2:18:29.  His time improved the course record, set 25 years ago, by one minute and 32 seconds, beating the 2nd-place finisher by more than nine minutes.  With more than 80% of the course consisting of gravel and dirt roads and an elevation difference of more than 150 m Kawauchi more than overcame whatever doubts he may have had about the World Championships.

In May Kawauchi ran five half marathons.  Post-race he told reporters, "My time wasn't bad, but it's been a long time [sic, 6 weeks] since my last marathon so my legs weren't moving well.  I wanted to run a little bit better than this."

33rd Chitose JAL International Marathon
Chitose, 6/2/13
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1. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 2:18:29 - CR
2. Sho Matsumoto (Dream AC) - 2:27:50
3. Saeki Makino (Kawaguchi T&F Assoc.) - 2:29:57

1. Miwa Shibuya (SRC 904) - 3:24:18
2. Sayumi Niwa - 3:28:36
3. Masumi Kawabe - 3:32:08


Anonymous said…
solid runner...

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