translated by Brett Larner
According to the organizers of the Jan. 18 Egyptian Marathon in Luxor, civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) won in a course record 2:12:24. Going out alone right from the beginning he built a large lead by the time he crossed the finish line. "This was the 20th anniversary of this race and my 20th marathon. It felt like fate," he said with satisfaction.
Kawauchi missed his originally-scheduled flight from Japan after forgetting his passport at home and ended up buying a replacement ticket himself. "I kind of panicked over my own mistake, and that has given me something to reflect on," he said. "But it seems like I was able to turn that feeling into something I could use in my running."
To try to earn a place on the Japanese marathon team for August's Moscow World Championships Kawauchi plans to run the Feb. 3 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon and the Mar. 3 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon.
Translator's note: The former Egyptian Marathon course record was 2:22:32 set in 2001 by Egypt's Mohamed El Moursy. The year before that, former Japanese national record holder Takeyuki Nakayama won in a then-course record 2:23:18. Kawauchi's time was also a new Egyptian all-comers' record by more than seven minutes.