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Kawauchi Wins Yaizu Minato Half Marathon

by Brett Larner


Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) won Sunday's Yaizu Minato Half Marathon by almost a minute in 1:03:47, outrunning dozens of university men to turn in his fastest half marathon since November.  His third time at Yaizu Minato, it was Kawauchi's fastest run on the flat seaside course and the fastest-ever by a general division entrant.  For his win Kawauchi was awarded the fishing town of Yaizu's local specialty, a large bonito.


Ryota Yabushita (Meiji Univ.) was 2nd across the line, beating Takumi Komatsu (Nittai Univ.) by 5 seconds to lead the university division in 1:04:39.  University teams in Yaizu Minato are scored by the combined times of their fastest two finishers, the Pair Marathon winners earning more bonito for their team.  Komatsu led Nittai to the title in 1:04:44, teammate Shun Onoki taking 4th in 1:04:57 for a combined Nittai time of 2:09:41.

31st Yaizu Minato Half Marathon
Yaizu, Shizuoka, 4/10/16

Men
1. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 1:03:47
2. Ryota Yabushita (Meiji Univ.) - 1:04:39
3. Takumi Komatsu (Nittai Univ.) - 1:04:44
4. Shun Onoki (Nittai Univ.) - 1:04:57
5. Ryusei Matsumoto (Koku Gakuin Univ.) - 1:05:18
6. Kento Tamura (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:05:22
7. Daisuke Sakamoto (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) - 1:05:31
8. Kohei Yamamoto (Nittai Univ.) - 1:05:32
9. Naoyuki Fujihana (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) - 1:05:38
10. Yusei Shirokoshi (Nittai Univ) - 1:05:46

Pair Marathon
1. Nittai Univ. - 2:09:41
2. Chuo Gakuin Univ. - 2:11:09
3. Meiji Univ. - 2:11:36

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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.
May 5: Toyohirakawa Half Marathon, Hokkaido
June 2: ASICS Stockholm Marathon, Sweden
June 17: Okinoshima 50 km Ultramarathon, Shimane
July 1: Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia
Aug. 2…