Returning to Taiwan's Wan Jin Shi Marathon after having first run it in 2016, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran 2:14:12 to score his fourth-straight marathon win in a third-straight wire-to-wire solo performance. Choosing the hilly Wan Jin Shi Marathon as his final main tuneup for next month's Boston Marathon, Kawauchi came out swinging, leading an all-African pack of seven by almost 10 seconds after the tough uphill opening 5 km and stretching that out to over two minutes by the turnaround point at halfway.
On track to break the 2:13:05 course record by more than two minutes. under sunny skies with temperatures climbing to 22C and nearly 80% humidity Kawauchi began to slow incrementally. Behind him, Johnstone Kibet Maiyo (Kenya) and Aredome Tiuyay Degefa (Ethiopia) separated from the chase pack and began to push each other in pursuit of the top spot. With every 5 km split the gap to Kawauchi narrowed. At 40 km Maiyo threw down to get rid of Degefa, blasting the dow…
On Mar. 23 the Tokyo 2020 Oympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee announced that the Olympic marathon and race walk courses will be formally finalized in late May. The committee had planned on a finalization of the courses within the 2017 fiscal year but were unable to achieve that target due to delays in the IAAF's official approval process.
The marathon will start and finish at the new Olympic stadium, taking in Asakusa, Ginza and other major sightseeing spots in central Tokyo along the way. The race walks will be held on the loop around the Imperial Palace. According to the organizing committee, there were delays in the IAAF's appointment of experts to survey the course after its initial selection of candidates, resulting in course inspection being bumped back from February to May. Organizing committee executive Koji Murofushi commented, "There are no particular problems with the courses."
On Mar. 22 Chuo University, 15th place at the 2018 Hakone Ekiden, announced that 2012 London Olympics marathoner and Chuo alumnus Ryo Yamamoto, 33, has been invited to join the Chuo long distance coaching staff.
Yamamoto ran Hakone three times while at Chuo. Joining the SGH Group corporate team after his graduation, Yamamoto ran a PB 2:08:44 to finish 4th at the 2012 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon and earning a place on the London Olympic team.
A statement from Chuo read, "As an Olympian and top-level athlete, Yamamoto is someone we would like to have guide our team members." Yamamoto will take up his new duties on Apr. 1, joining head coach and fellow 2:08 marathoner Masakazu Fujiwara. With the record for most Hakone Ekiden victories at 14, Chuo University is set to receive an infusion of the Olympic spirit.