• Kyodo


Japan swept the half-marathon and 4×100-meter relay finals en route to winning 10 gold medals in athletics at the East Asian Games on Thursday. Japan started the gold medal rush when Toshinari Fujimoto emerged victorious in the men’s half-marathon in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 14 seconds, edging South Korea’s Huh Jang Kyu by three seconds.

Yoshiko Ichikawa matched Fujimoto’s feat in the women’s half-marathon shortly afterward with a time of 1:16:31, while Yoshitaka Iwamizu led a Japanese 1-2 finish with Yasunori Uchitomi in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:40.16.

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