translated and edited by Brett Larner
Just before the start of the May 10 Sendai International Half Marathon in central Sendai, the electronic pistol used to start the race experienced a malfunction, emitting sound 10 seconds before the official start time. According to race officials, the malfunction occurred in the pistol's electrical system before guest starter Mayor Emiko Okuyama pulled the trigger. Few runners starting running when the false signal occurred, and the race began as scheduled when officials gave the verbal command, "Start!" Results from the race will still be officially certified.