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Nakama scores repeat Okinawa Marathon win

Date Posted: 2012-02-24

Kouta Nakama did it again, knocking off the competition to win the 2012 Okinawa Marathon, while fellow Okinawan Ryuto Narita again finished third.

Nakama outdid himself by more than two minutes over a year earlier, winning the Okinawa Marathon with a time of 2 hours-23 minutes-38 seconds. The Tomishiro residentís time a year ago was 2:25:53. Second place went to Atsushi Toyama with a time of 2:27:08, while third went to Okinawa City resident Narita with 2:32:52.

Takako Yamada pulled forth the winning ladies time with 2 hours-27 minutes-8 seconds, 19 minutes faster than Mariko Asatoís winning time a year ago. Asato, an Okinawan, finished third this year with 2:51:08 after a 2:46:55 winning time a year ago. Second place went to Yuka Ezaki at 2:27:41. She also finished second last year.

A total of 11,211 started the grueling 42.195 kilometer course through central Okinawa, with 79.5%, 8,918, finishing the race. Officials say this yearís event marked the largest number of entries ever recorded for the Okinawa Marathon.
The oldest runners to complete the marathon course within the time limit were 79-year-old Sadao Nagai on the menís side, and 69-year-old Fusako Fushimi on the ladies side.

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