translated and edited by Brett Larner
The civil servant runner has pushed the reset button. In his first race since his Asian Games men's marathon bid ended in a bronze medal nine days ago, Yuki Kawauchi (27, Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran the Kitami Half Marathon in Kitami, Hokkaido on Sunday, crossing the line first in 1:04:33. Because he missed winning the gold medal at the Asian Games and its accompanying place on the Japanese team for next summer's World Championships in Beijing, China, Kawauchi will sit out the rest of the domestic selection races for the Beijing team. Instead he will next race November's New York City Marathon, following his own route to becoming a better athlete.