Fukuoka Marathon This Weekend

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 3, 2010

Jaouad Gharib of Morroco is expected to win the race on Sunday. Photo:

Olympic silver medalist Jaouad Gharib is the clear favorite going into the race.

The Fukuoka Marathon will be held this weekend in Japan. At the top of the list of elites running the race is Jaouad Gharib of Morocco. Gharib is the silver medalist at the 2008 Olympic Marathon in Beijing. Gharib’s biggest competition comes from Tekeste Kebede of Ethiopia. Kebede was the runner up last year’s Fukuoka Marathon as well as the Boston Marathon.

Also in the mix is the 2005 winner, Dmytro Baranovskyy of Ukraine. Baranovskvy’s three fastest times have been run at the Fukuoka Marathon. In 2006, he outkicked Gharib to finish second behind Haile Gebrselassie.

Japan has two 2:07 marathoners  on the start list: Tomoaki Kunichika and Toshinari Suwa. But according to Japan Running News, neither of these runner is expected to “factor into the action.”

The Fukuoka Marathon was established in 1947. Past winners include Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Sammy Wanjiru, and Haile Gebrselassie.

Tsegay Kebede owns the course record, 2:05:18, which he ran in the 2008 edition of the race.

For More: Japan Running News

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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