Yuki Kawauchi marks his 100th marathon run in 10 years by joining the Hofu Yomiuri Marathon on December 15.
According to NHK, Yuki Kawauchi finished seventh with a time of 2 hours 14 minutes 17 seconds, at Hofu Yomiuri Marathon on December 15.
The run in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, marks the 100th anniversary of the 32-year-old runner, dubbed the “national runner” of Japan, running a marathon (42,195 km) in the past 10 years.
Hochi News described Kawauchi as a group of about 20 people who jumped right from the first kilometers with an average speed of 3 minutes 5-6 seconds per kilometer. This running foot only lagged after the 20th kilometer.
The race gradually became difficult for Kawauchi. Despite being cheered on by the viewers on the two sides of the road, he still could not speed up, accepting achievement that did not meet expectations.Matthew Kiprotich, a 47-year-old Kenyan runner-up, finished first with 2 hours 10 minutes 47 seconds.
“I’m ashamed to receive so much support. But I can’t breathe,” Kawauchi told NHK after the race. “I can’t imagine this has been the 100th marathon in the last 10 years, since the first time in 2009. I didn’t keep up with the lead and in the end, I had a bad tournament.”
Kawauchi will try his best to escape the current situation. He said: “I think in June and next seven years, my marathon count of less than 2 hours and 20 minutes will reach 100. I will focus on that goal.”
Kawauchi drew media attention after he finished first at the Boston Marathon, one of the six most prestigious running events on the planet, in April 2018. At that time, this 32-year-old runner was not a professional athlete. His main occupation is as a civil servant, working as a desk clerk – collecting tolls and answering telephones – at an adult vocational and continuing education center in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Kawauchi did not promise to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because he felt he would not compete well in a race held in the heat. In addition to Tokyo, Kawauchi also aims to receive a medal at the world athletics championship in Eugene, Oregon, USA, in 2021.