translated by Brett Larner
winning Sunday's Zurich Marathon in 2:12:04 in snowy conditions. At the same time that Kawauchi was racing in Zurich, corporate league star Yuki Sato (Team Nissin Shokuhin) also age 29, ran the London Marathon, finishing 11th in 2:12:14. Pre-race Kawauchi had said, "There's no way I'm going to lose to him," and having lived up to his words he was very pleased with the outcome of the 'Yuki Showdown.' "I beat [Sato] on time, and with worse [weather] conditions in Zurich I win on racing too."
"I was in really good shape and felt great in Zurich, and it doesn't feel like there's any lingering damage," he said post-race. "I want to break 2:10 once before the summer."
Sato photo © 2016 Dr. Helmut Winter, all rights reserved
Kawauchi photo © 2016 Brett Larner, all rights reserved