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Göteborgsvarvet - Japanese Results

by Brett Larner

Running as part of a corporate league overseas junket, 2017 National Corporate Half Marathon women's champion Ai Utsunomiya (Team Miyazaki Ginko) and other Japanese athletes at Sweden's Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon were totally ineffectual. Utsunomiya had the best placing at 9th in 1:15:41, nearly eight minutes off Kenyan winner Fancy Chemutai's 1:07:58, with Yuri Nozoe (Team Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) another minute behind.

Only a mid-63 runner, Ryo Hashimoto (Team GMO Athletes) went out with the lead pack for the first couple of kilometers before fading to 1:05:01 for 11th, nearly five minutes off winner Geoffrey Yegon of Kenya.  With a 1:02:01 best Shun Inoura (Team Yachiyo Kogyo) barely escaped being run down by women's winner Chemutai, finishing 17th in 1:07:26.

Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon
Gothenburg, Sweden, 5/20/17
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Men
1. Geoffrey Yegon (Kenya) - 1:00:19
2. Amos Kipruto (Kenya) - 1:00:24
3. Leonard Langat (Kenya) - 1:00:33
4. John Loitang (Kenya) - 1:00:39
5. Jahphet Korir (Kenya) - 1:01:39
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11. Ryo Hashimoto (Japan/GMO) - 1:05:01
17. Shun Inoura (Japan/Yachiyo Kogyo) - 1:07:26

Women
1. Fancy Chemutai (Kenya) - 1:07:58
2. Violah Jepchumba (Kenya) - 1:08:10
3. Margaret Agai (Kenya) - 1:09:43
4. Beatrice Mutai (Kenya) - 1:10:14
5. Dibaba Kuma (Ethiopia) - 1:12:01
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9. Ai Utsunomiya (Japan/Miyazaki Ginko) - 1:15:41
11. Yuri Nozoe (Japan/Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) - 1:16:42

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