Kawauchi downplays Olympic shot


Yuki Kawauchi missed his water bottle in Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon and as a result, the amateur star runner believes he missed the boat to the London Olympics.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Olympics are over for me,” Kawauchi said, after finishing 14th in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 51 seconds — more than four minutes off his time from last year’s race.

“I don’t think I’ll be selected. There are people who can run 2:06, 2:07 and they deserve to be going. If I had a fast time that’s one thing, but I don’t. It has nothing to do with my training.”

Kawauchi, 24, rose to instant national fame after the 2011 Tokyo Marathon, in which he was the fastest Japanese runner despite holding a full-time job at a Saitama high school.

His time in Tokyo a year ago of 2:08:37 was the fastest in the country last season and in December, he posted a Japanese best 2:09:57 at the Fukuoka International Marathon, which served as a qualifier for London.