Next man to finish is the legend that is Yuki Kawauchi. His wife is running here too. Last year they both won their sections of the Vancouver marathon. There is so much to write, more later.
He wanted to reach the phenomenal milestone of one hundred marathons under 2.20 by the time of the Tokyo Olympics next year. I guess he has toned that down now. I believe he sits at 86 at the moment. His best time of 2.08.14 was in Seoul 2013 where he was 4th. He is 32yo and ranked 190. That ranking shows the flaws in its system, there would hardly be twenty men who could outrun him over the classic distance any given day, especially in harsh conditions. And all of them would be well rested and recuperated from their previous events, maybe only 2 or 3 marathons each year for all of them. 2013 was also a year when he won here on the Gold Coast, as well as second here last year. He and his wife’s Vancouver wins came three weeks after Yuki attempted to defend his Boston title and in between he ran a half in 64.27. Look up the word ‘prolific’ in the dictionary and you will see a picture of him there.