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Boston Marathon Winner Kawauchi's Younger Brother Elected to Kuki City Council

Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi's youngest brother Koki Kawauchi, 25, was elected to the Kuki city council in an election held April 22, winning 6309 votes. Kawauchi was delighted, commenting, "My older brother's Boston Marathon win was like the winds of a typhoon filling my sails. I couldn't be more grateful."

When the results of the election were announced just after midnight, Kawauchi made an appearance to celebrate his win, wearing a running uniform and a crown of laurels. Smiling broadly he raised his arms and shouted in victory as he broke a finish line tape that said, "Koki Kawauchi Elected."


As a government employee Yuki Kawauchi was prohibited from campaigning on his younger brother's behalf, but his Boston Marathon victory and subsequent declaration that he would go professional acted as a form of de facto support in his brother's favor.

On the day of the election Yuki Kawauchi was in Gifu for the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon while middle brother Yoshiki Kawauchi, 27, was in Poland running the Krakow Marathon, meaning neither could appear at the celebration. Koki Kawauchi expressed his desire to do the best job he could, saying, "From the star of the amateur marathon world, I want to become the star of the city council."

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