Japanese man wins Fukuoka Marathon for the first time in 14 years

Hattori's win brings immense national pride at the storied race

December 2nd, 2018 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , , ,

Japan’s Yuma Hattori has won today’s Fukuoka Marathon in the first victory for Japan since Tsuyoshi Ogata won in 2004. Hattori’s time was 2:07:27, a new personal best by more than two minutes. 

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With six kilometres left, Hattori was able to open up a lead over Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia and Amanuel Mesel of Eritrea, who finished second and third, with times of 2:08:54 and 2:09:45, respectively. 

Hattori, who had only the seventh-fastest PB among the Japanese men entered, told the IAAF he had increased his training load by 300K per month for this race. He also ran a 40K long run seven times during his build-up, and an ultra-long run of 46K.

Tsegaye reported not feeling well, with a stomach ache and a headache in the later stages of the race, but according to Japan Running News is only the third man to break 2:10 fifteen times in his career.

Yuta Shitarawho holds the Japanese national record, finished fourth, with a time of 2:10:25.

Yuki Kawauchi
Photo: Geoffrey Burns/Twitter.

2018 Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi was not able to sustain the relatively fast pace past 11K, though he made up a lot of time after the 25K mark, finishing 10th, with a time of 2:12:03–his 50th sub-2:14 clocking. 

British runner Callum Hawkins was forced to withdraw recently due to injury.

It was here at Fukuoka that Jerome Drayton set the Canadian record of 2:10:09 back in 1975 that stood until last month, when Cam Levins finally broke it with his 2:09:25 finish at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon