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Kawauchi to Run ING New York City Marathon

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNSSXKB0670_Z10C13A8000000/

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Having finished 18th in the Moscow World Championships marathon, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't.) announced prior to his departure from the Moscow airport on Aug. 19 that he has accepted an invitation to run November's New York City Marathon. "I wasted my race in Moscow," he said, "so it's important that I take on the international challenge again." In preparation for New York he will take part in the Melbourne Marathon in October. He also plans to run the Fukuoka International Marathon in December in a bid to make the Japanese team for next year's Asian Games.

Moscow 5th place finisher Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) said that his next marathon will be either Tokyo in February or Biwako Mainichi in March. "I've gotten to the point where a medal is in sight," he said. "Next it's 2:07 and the win."

Note: Kawauchi will run the ING New York City Marathon with support from JRN.  Although he raced once in Guam in college and ran the Tokyo Marathon prior to its entry into the World Marathon Majors, New York will be both his official U.S. marathon and World Marathon Majors debut.

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The Kawauchi Counter

Yuki Kawauchi's 2018 race results: Jan. 1: Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon, U.S.A.: 2:18:59 - 1st - CR
Jan. 14: Okukuma Road Race Half Marathon, Kumamoto - 1:03:28 - 7th
Jan. 21: Yashio Isshu Ekiden, Saitama: 1:01:03 - 1st - ran entire 20.0 km ekiden solo and beat all 103 teams of 6 runners each
Jan. 28: Okumusashi Ekiden First Stage (9.9 km), Saitama - 29:41 - 6th
Feb. 4: Saitama Ekiden Third Stage (12.1 km), Saitama - 36:54 - 4th
Feb. 11: Izumo Kunibiki Half Marathon, Shimane - cancelled due to heavy snow
Feb. 18: Kitakyushu Marathon, Fukuoka - 2:11:46 - 1st - CR
Feb. 25: Fukaya City Half Marathon, Saitama - 1:04:26 - 1st
Mar. 4: Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon, Kumamoto - 1:04:49 - 12th
Mar. 11: Yoshinogawa Riverside Half Marathon, Tokushima - 1:05:50 - 1st - CR
Mar. 18: Wan Jin Shi Marathon, Taiwan - 2:14:12 - 1st
Mar. 24: Heisei Kokusai University Time Trials, Saitama
              5000 m Heat 4: 14:53.95 - 1st
              5000 m Heat 6: 14:36.58 - 2nd
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