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Kawauchi Takes Almost Ten Minutes Off Naha Marathon Course Record With 2:13:43 Win

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translated by Brett Larner

The civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (27, Saitama Pref. Gov't) won today's 30th anniversary Naha Marathon in a course record 2:13:43.  His time took 9:26 off the existing course record and he was more than ten minutes ahead of the 2nd-place finisher.  Kawauchi ran the Naha Marathon in preparation for the Dec. 21 Hofu Yomiuri Marathon, where he has set himself the goal of "going for 2:07."

The same day as Naha the Fukuoka International Marathon took place, the first domestic selection race for the Japanese team for next year's Beijing World Championships.  However, Kawauchi chose not to go for the Beijing team and instead opted to make his Okinawan debut in Naha.

Translator's note: As in his 2:12:59 course record win at the Fukuchiyama Marathon two weeks ago Kawauchi started fast in Naha, covering the first 5 km in 15:06 before settling into a steadier pace on the hilly course.  Click here for complete 5 km splits.

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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
Upcoming race schedule: Feb. 25: Fukaya City Half Marathon, Saitama
Mar. 4: Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon, Kumamoto
Mar. 18: Wan Jin Shi Marathon, Taiwan
Mar. 25: Kuki Half Marathon, Saitama
Apr. 16: Boston Marathon, U.S.A.
June 2: ASICS Stockholm Marathon, Sweden
July 1: Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia
Aug. 26: New Caledonia International Marathon, New Caledonia
Sept. 2: Wakkanai Heiwa Marathon, Hokk…