Skip to main content

Krifchin and Lemciyeh Win Kobe Marathon

The Kobe Marathon held its 7th running on Nov. 19.  19,709 runners took part in this year's race, with 600,000 people cheering them on along the course between the start at Kobe City Hall and the finish in the Kobe Harbor area which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. American Maegan Krifchin, 29, won the women's race in a course record time of 2:33:14. Khalil Lemciyeh of Morocco also broke the men's course record, winning in 2:12:49.

The Kobe Marathon is organized by the Hyogo Prefectural Government and the City of Kobe. 7,500 volunteers helped runners over the course of the three days of race weekend. This year the turnaround point moved 1.25 km to the west, taking runners under Akashi Kaikyo Bridge for the first time. The final section of the course on Port Island was shortened to make up the distance. At noon at the finish area temperatures were 12 degrees with 65% humidity. 18,949 people finished the race.

At the starting ceremony in front of City Hall, a moment of silence was held for the victims of disasters including the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, the East Japan Earthquake, and the Kumamoto Earthquake. Elementary school students from Sendai and high schoolers from Kobe pledged to "choose happiness" in their lives. Wearing yellow gloves representing the sunflower, the symbol of reconstruction, the entire field of runners raised both hands above their heads into the clear blue sky.

source article: 
https://www.kobe-np.co.jp/rentoku/kobemarathon/news/201711/0010747135.shtml
translated and edited by Brett Larner
photos © 2017 Cameron Hart, all rights reserved

7th Kobe Marathon

Kobe, Hyogo, 11/19/17

Women
1. Maegan Krifchin (U.S.A.) - 2:33:14 - CR, PB
2. Sana Achahbar (Morocco) - 2:35:34
3. Simegn Yeshanbel (Ethiopia) - 2:40:41
4. Mizuha Otaru (Japan/Kobe Gakuin Univ.) - 2:40:41
5. Kana Unno (Japan/Noritz) - 2:44:07
6. Linda Spencer (Australia) - 2:46:28
7. Masa Shimizu (Japan/Amagasaki T&F Assoc.) - 2:48:54
8. Ai Ogo (Japan/Himeji T&F Assoc.) - 2:49:32

Men
1. Khalil Lemciyeh (Morocco) - 2:12:49 - CR
2. Cosmas Kyeba (Kenya) - 2:14:24
3. Michael Chege (Kenya) - 2:16:08
4. Saidi Makula (Tanzania) - 2:16:32
5. Junji Katakawa (Japan/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 2:18:32
6. Manabu Yamada (Japan/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 2:19:15
7. Osamu Matsuyama (Japan/Univer SC) - 2:23:07
8. Yoshiki Kawauchi (Japan/Jaybird) - 2:23:14

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Official Statement From Corporate Federation Director Nishikawa on Anti-Doping Violation and Sanction

A statement by Koichiro Nishikawa, chairperson of the Japan Industrial Track and Field Association

At the 37th National Corporate Women's Ekiden organized by the Japan Industrial Track and Field Association (JITA), a prohibited substance was detected in a sample taken from Moeno Nakamura, at the time a member of the Universal Entertainment team, in an in-competition drug test. After receiving notification of this result, in accordance with the recommendations of the Japan Anti-Doping Agency disciplinary panel, Nakamura was suspended for one year and three months beginning Nov. 26, 2017.

As the JITA not only do we hold anti-doping education sessions for athletes and coaches in partnership with the Japan Association of Athletics Federations and clearly specify that our events must be carried out in strict accordance with anti-doping regulations, but as the JITA chairperson I have personally given strong emphasis to the importance of "Clean Sport." In spite of these effort…

National Corporate Women's Ekiden Champion Team to be Stripped of Title After Member Tests Positive

On July 18 it was learned from several sources connected with the situation that a member of the 2017 National Corporate Women's Ekiden champion team Universal Entertainment who left the team at the end of last season tested positive for a banned substance in a doping test carried out at the ekiden. Universal Entertainment won the national championship race, its second-ever title and first in five years. But because the athlete's result will be annulled the team will also be stripped of its title, an unprecedented situation in the ekiden's history.

According to an involved source, before the race the athlete took her own personal medicine which included the prohibited substance. The athlete denied having taking the medicine in order to enhance her performance. Team management claimed the athlete had not informed then that she was taking it, and that the situation was the result of her personal carelessness.

The Universal Entertainment team was founded under the name Aruze…

Kazami Breaks 100 km World Record at Lake Saroma

Running on the same course where Japan's Takahiro Sunada set the road 100 km world record of 6:13:33 twenty years ago, 2:17:23 marathoner Nao Kazamibested a deep and competitive field to win the Lake Saroma 100 km Ultramarathon in a world record 6:09:14.

Part of a front group of at least five that went through the marathon split in 2:33:36, on pace for 6:04:01, Kazami lost touch with the lead as rivals Koji Hayasaka and Takehiko Gyoba surged just before halfway to open a roughly 30 second lead that lasted until nearly 75 km. But in the last quarter of the race Kazami, a graduate of Hakone Ekiden powerhouse Komazawa University, was the only one who could sustain anything close to the early pace, overtaking Hayasaka and Gyoba before pulling away to open a lead of over 11 minutes. Kazami's mark took more than 4 minutes off the world record, and he also bettered the 100 km track world record of 6:10:20 set in 1978 well before he was born by the late Don Ritchie.
Trying to stay wi…