He became the first runner to complete two sub-2:10 marathons in two weeks.
In Japan, Yuki Kawauchi is a legend.
The famous “Citizen Runner” (he holds down a full-time job and was not able to run as part of his country’s corporate system) recently did what some thought was impossible: clocking two sub-2:10 marathons in the span of two weeks — a world record.
Kawauchi finished third at last Sunday’s Hofu Yomiuri Marathon with an impressive time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 5 seconds.
Despite these speedy times, Kawauchi has yet to break 2:08 for the 26.2-mile distance.
At last Sunday’s race, he had made his goal to break the world record as opposed to winning.
“It was disappointing to lose, but more than competing I was here to run the time,” he said. “I’m really happy that I broke 2:10 again. Next year I’ll be back to win!”
Kawauchi is now setting his sights on bettering his PR and finishing sixth or better in a major marathon.
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