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Yuki Kawauchi wins BMO Vancouver Marathon in course record

Yuki beats defending champion and former course record holder to win the BMO Vancouver Marathon in 2:15:01

Yuki Kawauchi

The 2018 Boston Champion, Yuki Kawauchi, won the BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday morning in a new course record time of 2:15:01.

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Kawauchi finished 17th at the 2019 Boston Marathon in 2:15:29, almost the exact same time as at Boston 2018 and similar to his time from Sunday’s race. It appears the marathoner has found a sweet spot at 2:15.

Second in the men’s race was Feyera Gemeda Dadi of Ethiopia in 2:17:18 and third went to Canadian Luka Chelimo in 2:19:25. Chelimo is a past winner of the marathon and former course record holder. He previously competed for Kenya but it would appear that he’s recently become a Canadian citizen and he competed as a Canadian on Sunday. Defending champion Rob Watson was sixth in 2:25:10.

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In the women’s race Japan’s Yuko Mizuguhi was the winner in 2:41:28, second place went to American Autumn Ray in 2:43:30 and third place to American Tara Kaur in 2:50:23. (Mizuguhi and Kawauchi are engaged to be married.)

In half-marathon results, Dayna Pidhoresky took the win in 1:13:07. Pidhoresky is having a strong 2019 season on the roads, finishing second at Around the Bay in March. Second and third place went to Canadians Danielle Thiel and Robyn Mildren in 1:15:19 and 1:15:39.

In the men’s half-marathon results, Haron Kiptoo Sirma was the winner in 1:03:47, second place went to Jonathan Kipchirchir Chesoo was second in 1:04:47 and third place went to Caleb De Jong in 1:05:08.

Full results can be found here.