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Swiss Runner Wins Marathon in Japan

February 08, 1988|Associated Press

OHITA, Japan — Bruno Lafranchi of Switzerland moved ahead of Japan's Futoshi Shinohara about 100 meters from the finish line Sunday to win the 37th Beppu-Ohita Mainichi Marathon.

Lafranchi was clocked at 2 hours 11 minutes 58 seconds, two seconds ahead of Shinohara's 2:12.00.

Shinohara entered the Ohita Municipal Track Field first, followed by Lafranchi, who then spurted ahead of Shinohara to cross the finish line first.

Koichi Takahashi finished third with a time of 2:12.14.

The race began at a slow pace as runners battled headwinds in 45-degree temperature. The speed picked up in the second half as the runners ran with the wind behind them.

Benji Durden of the United States withdrew during the race.

A field of 499 runners took part in the race, sponsored by the Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan's major newspapers.

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