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News27 Oct 2020


Takaku, Hattori and Kawauchi lead Fukuoka Marathon entries

Yuma Hattori en route to his Fukuoka victory


Organisers of the Fukuoka International Marathon have announced their elite field for the World Athletics Gold Label road race on 6 December.

Given the restrictions on international travel, the line-up is predominantly domestic but it includes some of the top marathon runners in the country, along with a few Japan-based internationals.

Ryu Takaku, who set a big PB of 2:06:45 in Tokyo earlier this year, is the fastest in the field. The 27-year-old is the fourth-fastest Japanese runner ever and will be making his second appearance in Fukuoka, having raced there in 2018.

Yuma Hattori, winner of the 2018 Fukuoka Marathon, will be back in the Japanese city looking for his second victory there. His last race over the distance was at last year’s Marathon Grand Championships, where he finished second to gain selection for Japan’s Olympic team.

Yuki Kawauchi, the 2018 Boston Marathon champion, will be making his 11th appearance in Fukuoka in what will be his 104th career marathon. A prolific racer, Kawauchi's last race over the distance was nine months ago – his longest break between marathons since 2010.

Taku Fujimoto finished second in Fukuoka last year and will be looking to go one better this time round. He set his PB of 2:07:57 when finishing eighth in Chicago in 2018, while earlier this year he clocked 1:00:06 at the Marugame Half Marathon, moving to second on the Japanese all-time list.

Six other men in the field have PBs faster than 2:09.

Leading entries

Ryu Takaku (JPN) 2:06:45
Yuma Hattori (JPN) 2:07:27
Taku Fujimoto (JPN) 2:07:57
Yuki Kawauchi (JPN) 2:08:14
Yuya Yoshida (JPN) 2:08:30
Naoki Okamoto (JPN) 2:08:37
Ser-Od Bat-Ochir (MGL) 2:08:50
Tsukasa Koyama (JPN) 2:08:53
Satoru Sasaki (JPN) 2:08:56
Naoya Sakuda (JPN) 2:08:59
Michael Githae (KEN) 2:09:21
Hayato Sonoda (JPN) 2:09:34
Jo Fukuda (JPN) 2:09:52
Kento Otsu (JPN) 2:10:01
Yoshiki Takenouchi (JPN) 2:10:01
Shohei Otsuka (JPN) 2:10:12
Koki Yoshioka (JPN) 2:10:13
Asuka Tanaka (JPN) 2:10:13
Daichi Kamino (JPN) 2:10:18
Yuichi Yasui (JPN) 2:10:19
Junichi Tsubouchi (JPN) 2:10:19
Ryo Matsumoto (JPN) 2:10:32
Derese Workneh (ETH) 2:10:52
Natsuki Terada (JPN) 2:10:55
Taiga Ito (JPN) 2:10:52
Paul Kuira (KEN) 2:11:58
Silas Kingori (KEN) debut