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Monday, 5th September 2011
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Japan go the distance for silver

Japan's men's marathon team took World Cup silver at the IAAF Championships in Daegu, South Korea, yesterday (September 4th).

The team was led by Hiroyuki Horibata, who placed seventh on the day finishing in 2.11.52, giving Japan a top eight finish for the seventh consecutive meet.

Kentaro Nakamoto kept up the good fight, coming in at tenth position.

Horibata told the Mainichi Daily: "I wasn't really trying to improve my position but I just wanted to finish in the top eight. I just did my best."

Yuki Kawauchi placed 16th in the race, finishing in a time of 2.16.11.

Speaking to Yomiuri, Horibata also said: "Before the race I pictured myself finishing tenth or 11th and my coach getting angry with me. This result was much better than I expected."

Kenya took gold at the event, with Abel Kirui storming ahead to complete the 26.2 miles in an impressive 2.07.38.

According to the Mainichi Daily, the Kenyan athlete is the first since Morocco'a Jaouad Gharib to take back-to-back world titles in the event.

Posted by Mark Smith