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Grandma's Marathon - Japanese Results

by Brett Larner

Suehiro Ishikawa, Yusei Nakao, host family Jamie and Kenji Ogura and crew post-race.

Rio Olympics men's marathon team member Suehiro Ishikawa (Team Honda) took 2nd in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, a solid tuneup performance ahead of August's main event.  Ishikawa finished less than 30 seconds behind winner Macdonald Ondara (Kenya).

Making his international full marathon debut at Grandma's, Yusei Nakao (Smiley Angel AC), the top Japanese man at May's Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, struggled to deal with temperatures that climbed to 24 degrees, dropping from the lead pack before halfway and fading to 17th overall.   

Elisha Barno (Kenya) won in 2:11:26.  Sarah Kiptoo (Kenya) won the women's race in 2:33:28, with Ethiopian Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel breaking up the Kenyan domination as she won the women's half in 1:13:22.

40th Grandma's Marathon
Duluth, MN, U.S.A., 6/18/16
click here for complete results

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon - Men
1. Macdonald Ondara (Kenya) - 1:03:34
2. Suehiro Ishikawa (Japan/Honda) - 1:04:02
3. Jordan Chipangama (Zambia) - 1:04:50
4. Joe Moore (U.S.A.) - 1:05:10
5. Ben Sathre (U.S.A.) - 1:05:19

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon - Women
1. Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel (Ethiopia) - 1:13:22
2. Hellen Jemutai (Kenya) - 1:14:05
3. Kimi Reed (U.S.A.) - 1:15:45
4. Mona Stockhecke (Germany) - 1:16:30
5. Laura Paulsen (U.S.A.) - 1:16:39

Grandma's Marathon - Men
1. Elisha Barno (Kenya) - 2:11:26
2. Weldon Kirui (Kenya) - 2:12:26
3. Kimutai Cheruiyot (Kenya) - 2:14:02
4. Jacob Chemtai (Kenya) - 2:16:59
5. Werkuneh Seyoum Aboye (Ethiopia) - 2:17:07
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17. Yusei Nakao (Japan/Smiley Angel) - 2:25:55

Grandma's Marathon - Women
1. Sarah Kiptoo (Kenya) - 2:33:28
2. Serkalem Abrha (Ethiopia) - 2:34:20
3. Clara Santucci (U.S.A.) - 2:34:55
4. Lauren Jimison (U.S.A.) - 2:35:30
5. Kelsey Bruce (U.S.A.) - 2:36:07

photo © 2016 Kenji Ogura, all rights reserved 
text © 2016 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

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