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Kawauchi Wins Ekiden Stage Two Weeks After World Championships

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/etc/news/20130901-OHT1T00257.htm

translated by Brett Larner

Having finished 18th in the Moscow World Championships marathon just two weeks ago, civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (26, Saitama Pref. Gov't.) returned to competition Sept. 1 at the 45th running of the five-stage, 30 km Harunako Ekiden in Takasaki, Gunma. Running as part of the Breakthrough team made up of his training partners, Kawauchi ran the 5.5 km Fourth Stage.  Receiving the tasuki in 6th place, he passed three people to move Breakthrough up to 3rd.  Kawauchi missed breaking his own stage record of 15:48 but his time of 16:13 was enough to earn him stage best honors.

Since returning from the World Championships Kawauchi has announced that he will run the Dec. 1st Fukuoka International Marathon, a selection race for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, to determine whether or not to continue to run summer races including future Olympics and World Championships.  In the lead-up to Fukuoka he will run high-level overseas races including the Sept. 15 Great North Run half marathon in the U.K. and the Nov. 3 New York City Marathon as well as a number of domestic races.

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Betsudai - the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
daigaku - university
ekiden - a long-distance relay race
faito - a courseside audience cheer; see ganbatte
ganbatte (ganbare) - a courseside audience cheer; see faito
gasshuku - an intensive training camp
Hakone Ekiden - the annual university men`s championships
jitsugyodan - corporate-sponsored professional running teams
onsen - a hot spring
Q-chan - Naoko Takahashi, the 2000 Sydney Olympics women`s marathon gold medalist, Olympic record holder and first woman to break 2:20 in the marathon
rikujo - track and field, the marathon, and other running events
Rikuren - the JAAF
tasuki - the sash which is handed off during an ekiden
zannen - too bad
otaku - a nerdy, socially awkward person, usually male, who is obsessed with some esoteric topic

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