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Kawauchi Wins Toyohiragawa Half on Second Straight Day of Racing

The first Japanese athlete to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years, civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (31, Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran the May 5 Toyohiragawa Half Marathon in Sapporo, Hokkaido. A day after running the May 4 Kasukabe Odaku Half Marathon on home ground in Saitama, Kawauchi took the top spot in Toyohiragawa in 1:06:39. In Kasukabe Kawauchi struggled with high temperatures, losing to one of his training partners, but with cooler temperatures prevailing in Toyohiragawa he had no trouble securing the win.


Despite the cooler weather around 12 C, his time in Toyohiragawa his time was almost a minute slower than in Kasukabe. "The race yesterday took a lot out of me," he said. "I've raced three days in a row before so there's really no excuse for two days in a row being this hard. I've been too busy to train properly, but this has reminded me that you have make training your first priority." After the race Kawauchi spent over an hour greeting fans. His next scheduled race is the May 13 Sendai International Half Marathon.

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