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Gharib Prevails At The Fukuoka Marathon

Due to unseasonably high temps, the finishing times were significantly slower than in the past.

Jaoud Gharib won the Fukuoka Marathon by over two minutes.
Jaoud Gharib won the Fukuoka Marathon by over two minutes. Photo: IAAF

Due to unseasonably high temps, the finishing times were significantly slower than in the past.

Jaoud Gharib of Morocco won the 2010 Fukuoka Marathon in Japan. The race was an IAAF Silver Label Race. Conditions were difficult for the marathon with higher-than-normal temperatures. Gharib ran away from the field with 15K to go. His winning time was 2:08:24. Gharib was the only runner in the field to break the 2:10 barrier. Though significant, his two-minute winning margin was not a record for the race. Two years ago, Tsegaye Kebede won by more than three minutes.

Dmitriy Safrono, the European championship bronze medallist, placed second in 2:10:12, while Takayuki Matsumiya of Japan finished third in 2:10:54.

Because Matsumiya failed to run under 2:09:30, he was not guaranteed an automatic team berth in the 2011 World Championship Marathon team representing Japan. There are still four slots up for grabs, however.

“It was not a satisfactory race, but I guess I did the minimum I had to do,” he said.

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