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Yuki Kawauchi's 6th surge gives him victory and new PR (2:08:15) after epic battle with Japan's Olympic 6th placer who also PRs 2/3/2013 12:34PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Amazing last kilometers, sets new course record.
crazy raisin
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 12:49AM - in reply to MarathonE Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Why the hell does everyone keep mentioning this (no-name) course record instead of the fact that he ran a personal best? The fact that he's actually "improved" and ran a PR is a big deal when he's running marathons every few weeks.
sun-dried tomato
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 1:03AM - in reply to crazy raisin Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Course Record = Winner

PR = Maybe not the winner

Congrats to Kawauchi, the fulltime working person's marathoner.
troof be told
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 6:55AM - in reply to crazy raisin Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

crazy raisin wrote:
Why the hell does everyone keep mentioning this (no-name) course record


Don't know your history, huh?
Wlpos
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 7:10AM - in reply to sun-dried tomato Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Kawauchi's earnings the last 12 months have topped over $100k USD
Bob Dobbs
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 7:35AM - in reply to Wlpos Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
That was one mano-a-mano battle for the last 14K or so. And Kawauchi was wearing his trademark grimace the whole time. He looked like he was in labor. Yet he managed to surge ahead at all the fluid stops and up all the hills.

Even with about 6 or 7K left, I'd have bet anything that Nakamoto would run away from him at any moment, but somehow . . .

And this time he even stayed on his feet after finishing.
J.R.
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 11:48AM - in reply to Bob Dobbs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Bob Dobbs wrote:

this time he even stayed on his feet after finishing.


Maybe he's been practicing this.
rojo
co-founder
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 12:30PM - in reply to J.R. Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I've changed the name of this thread to make it sound a bit more interesting. The key to running is marketing it.

The time is irrelevant. The key things are Japan's biggest name and their best guy went mano v. mano and both PRd and yet only one obviously could win. It was a GREAT race and the original thread misses that.

Brett Larner's recap of this race is very good. He just needS me to write his headlines:

http://japanrunningnews.blogspot.com/2013/02/kawauchi-over-nakamoto-in-20815-beppu.html

He described it as "It was as if Americans Meb Keflezighi and Dathan Ritzenhein lineup to go head-to-head at Grandma's Marathon. "

Given the lack of major wins or Olympic medals and given the fact both runners were born in Japan, I'd say it was more like Hall vs. Ritz at Grandma's but add in the fact that both talked a little **** before the race or at least were willing to say what they planned on doing - and then went out and did it.

Both guys PRd. It took six surges to break the other.

Competition is key to selling running.
Vids for an Epic Battle
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 3:28PM - in reply to rojo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Rojo,

The finals kms are epic. Anyone have a vid posted of the race's end?
J.R.
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 3:33PM - in reply to rojo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Brett's headline is much better.

Kawauchi Over Nakamoto in 2:08:15 Beppu-Oita Course Record
waitwut
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 6:10PM - in reply to J.R. Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Here's a vid of the last four kilometers or so.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd4Hm4lSZN8
J.R.
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 6:43PM - in reply to waitwut Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Thanks for the video.

I think Nakamoto can run 2:06-2:07 very soon.
Bob Dobbs
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 7:10PM - in reply to Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

someone had to do it wrote:

Dementia is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging.



Is this a cry for help?
Bob Dobbs
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 7:15PM - in reply to rojo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
[quote]rojo wrote:

I've changed the name of this thread to make it sound a bit more interesting. . . The time is irrelevant. . .

These sorts of deus ex machina pronouncements from the creator is why I don't come around here much any more.
Bob Dobbs
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/3/2013 7:21PM - in reply to J.R. Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

J.R. wrote:

Thanks for the video.

I think Nakamoto can run 2:06-2:07 very soon.


Could be. He failed to get his bottle at three straight fluid stops, and that may have caught up with him at the end. Kawauchi hit every one.
whattheheckareutalkingabt
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/4/2013 8:40AM - in reply to Bob Dobbs Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
"It took six surges..."

six surges? wtf? I wasted my time on that clip and all I saw was one guy sitting on the other until blasting by him with 2k to go. There's a difference between marketing and hyping.
Duh.....
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/4/2013 8:48AM - in reply to whattheheckareutalkingabt Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Some of the prior surges are in the other clips. The race report at the Japanese blog adds further color. It was epic.
Pampanito
RE: Yuki Kawauchi's 6th surge gives him victory and new PR (2:08:15) after epic battle with Japan's Olympic 6th placer who als 2/4/2013 11:04AM - in reply to MarathonE Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Great race.

I think Kawauchi has developed enough of a fan base in the US among people who know something about marathons, that I would like to see NY or Boston or Chicago get him to run in the US. It would get my interest anyhow.
gramthlete
RE: Kawauchi runs 2:08.15 at Beppu Oita 2/4/2013 2:03PM - in reply to sun-dried tomato Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

sun-dried tomato wrote:

Course Record = Winner

PR = Maybe not the winner

Congrats to Kawauchi, the fulltime working person's marathoner.


Or alternatively, he being a civil servant and all, we could call him the Prototypical White-Collar Runner.
gramthlete
RE: Yuki Kawauchi's 6th surge gives him victory and new PR (2:08:15) after epic battle with Japan's Olympic 6th placer who als 2/4/2013 2:36PM - in reply to MarathonE Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
That video is an amazing document, very revealing of the self-discipline that Kawauchi respects and embodies. Beyond the 40km surge that he throws to corner his place as marathon winner, it speaks to his amazing depth of willpower that he actually puts in a sprint toward the finish, ostensibly to get his best time in and secure his place at the upcoming world championships. I say kudos to Kawauchi, the running samuraï. Also, Kentaro Nakamoto is kind of cute. I mean, I'm not gay or anything, but I think it might be fun, if hypothetically speaking I was in prison, to share a cell with him. Of course, nothing could be more daunting to a marathon runner than to wind up in prison and far be it for me to wish such a blighted plight on anyone let alone a runner, but if it were to happen, I dunno, I guess I could help him with his core exercices and throw the medicine ball at him, and we could discuss the amazing manga genius of author Jiro Taniguchi and how "Big in Japan" is really typically 80s and at the time no one ever thought Japan would soon be mired in a long-term recession.

Anyways, thanks for the youtube link.
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