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Kawauchi 1:04:44 Course Record at Koedo Kawagoe Half Marathon

by Brett Larner



A week after running 1:03:06, the fourth-best time of his career, at the Ageo City Half Marathon, indy ace Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) was back in action with a 1:04:44 course record at the 4th edition of the Koedo Kawagoe Half Marathon in Kawagoe, Saitama.  Running against a pack of second-tier men from Hakone Ekiden course record holder Toyo University, Kawauchi was alone by halfway to win by more than a minute over Toyo's Takaki Omuro, whose PB of 1:05:54 for 2nd improved on the 1:06:28 PB he had set a week earlier in Ageo. 

Kawauchi's time took 49 seconds off the record set last year by fellow independent Sho Matsumoto and put him in good position for next weekend's Fukuoka International Marathon, where Kawauchi will shoot for 2:07 and a place on the Japanese team for next year's Asian Games marathon.

4th Koedo Kawagoe Half Marathon
Kawagoe, Saitama, 11/24/13

Men
1. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 1:04:44 - CR
2. Takaki Omuro (Toyo Univ.) - 1:05:54 - PB
3. Tatsuya Shimizu (Toyo Univ.) - 1:05:58
4. Koji Yoshimura (Toyo Univ.) - 1:06:36
5. Kenji Takano (Toyo Univ.) - 1:07:01

Women
1. Konoka Azumi - 1:29:37

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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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