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Imai Over Kawauchi at Sendai International Half Marathon

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translated and edited by Brett Larner

 The Sendai International Half Marathon took place May 8 in Sendai, Miyagi, starting and finishing at Sendai Municipal Field.  Masato Imai (Team Toyota Kyushu), a DNS with illness in last summer's Beijing World Championships marathon, won in 1:03:06, the first Japanese male to win in 12 years.  2014 Asian Games marathon silver medalist and two-time World Championships marathoner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) was 5th in 1:04:35.

Kenyan Felista Wanjugu (Team Universal Entertainment) won the women's race in 1:12:05, the first non-Japanese women's champion since 2005.  Honami Maeda (Team Tenmaya) was 2nd.

26th Sendai International Half Marathon
Sendai, Miyagi, 5/816
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Men
1. Masato Imai (Toyota Kyushu) - 1:03:06
2. Tomohiro Tanigawa (Konica Minolta) - 1:03:11
3. Yuki Oshikawa (Toyota Kyushu) - 1:03:34
4. Ezekiel Chebotibin (Kenya/Toho Refine) - 1:04:22
5. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 1:04:35

Women
1. Felista Wanjugu (Kenya/Universal Entertainment) - 1:12:05
2. Honami Maeda (Tenmaya) - 1:13:02
3. Misato Horie (Noritz) - 1:13:21
4. Sachi Tanaka (Sports Yamagata 21) - 1:14:51
5. Haruna Takada (Yamada Denki) - 1:15:48

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Betsudai - the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
daigaku - university
ekiden - a long-distance relay race
faito - a courseside audience cheer; see ganbatte
ganbatte (ganbare) - a courseside audience cheer; see faito
gasshuku - an intensive training camp
Hakone Ekiden - the annual university men`s championships
jitsugyodan - corporate-sponsored professional running teams
onsen - a hot spring
Q-chan - Naoko Takahashi, the 2000 Sydney Olympics women`s marathon gold medalist, Olympic record holder and first woman to break 2:20 in the marathon
rikujo - track and field, the marathon, and other running events
Rikuren - the JAAF
tasuki - the sash which is handed off during an ekiden
zannen - too bad
otaku - a nerdy, socially awkward person, usually male, who is obsessed with some esoteric topic

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