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Japanese double at Rotorua Marathon

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/05/2017

Japanese runners have scored a notable double at the Rotorua Marathon, taking out both the men's and women's races.

Saeki Makino won the men's race in a slick 2 hours 21 minutes 58 seconds, the fastest winning time in the race since 2001.

Compatriot Yuki Ogawa took out the women's race in 2:54.14.

Makino hit the lead inside the first 200m and led the field an a merry chase for the entire length of the 42km circuit of Lake Rotorua.

He finished more than 5min clear of Palmerston North's Chris Sanson, who gave a brief chase early on but was more than 2min down by the halfway point.

The women's race was was a tighter affair, with Rotorua runner Johanna Ottosson leading Ogawa early in the race before the Japanese runner edged ahead to lead at the halfway point by a minute. Her winning margin over Ottosson was 1min 43sec.

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