Yuki Kawauchi, a 30-year-old marathon star from Japan, out-classed all others in the Oslo Marathon on Saturday, winning it with a time of two hours, 12 minutes and 58 seconds under brilliantly sunny skies. Kawauchi is often called both “a legend” and “the rock star of running sports,” because of his impressive results and refusal to turn pro.
He thanked the public for cheering him on Saturday morning, saying he ran most of the race alone “and that’s always challenging.” His closest rival finished a full 11 minutes behind him.
“He ran a fantastic race,” said Jack Waitz, the widower of Norway’s own marathon legend Grete Waitz and now a commentator for Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “It’s going to be a long time before we see such a legend again on the streets of Oslo.” Kawauchi himself, however, wasn’t entirely satisfied, saying his time was worse than he’d hoped, but he was glad he won.
The Oslo Marathon attracted nearly 20,000 participants in various categories, starting and ending on the City Hall Plaza and winding around the western side of the city, up and around the Frogner Park, over to Skøyen, along the fjord and then up and around the park at St Hanshaugen northeast of downtown.