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Kawauchi wins Gold Coast Marathon

Kyodo

Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi matched a meet record to win the men’s race at the Gold Coast Marathon on Sunday.

Kawauchi, who has been selected to represent Japan in the marathon for the world athletics championships in Moscow next month, clocked a winning time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 1 second, well ahead of compatriot Taiga Ito, who timed 2:11:52.

“My time was pretty much what I was expecting it to be,” said Kawauchi. “I achieved my minimum target of winning the race and this bodes well for me heading towards the world championships.

“I will continue preparing thoroughly and want to be confident on the starting line (at the worlds).”

Fellow Japanese runner Yukiko Akaba secured a female course record by winning in 2:27:17.