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Shioya Wins Inaugural Wakkanai Heiwa Marathon

Overcoming powerful headwinds most of the way along the exposed northern Hokkaido seaside course, Keita Shioya (Subaru) made a successful marathon debut as he ran down Boston Marathon champion Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) at 40 km to win the inaugural Wakkania Heiwa Marathon in 2:24:00.

A week after winning the New Caledonia International Marathon in 2:18:18, Kawauchi set off alone just under 2:19 pace while Shioya opted for a more conservative 1:11:17 first half. Almost three minutes behind at 30 km, Shioya surprisingly began to close the gap as ahead of him Kawauchi began to shut down. Making contact at 40 km, where both men clocked 2:16:40, Shioya kicked away over the last 2.195 km for the win. Kawauchi finished 2nd in 2:24:55, the slowest time of his career to date.

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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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