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Kenya's Kipyego wins Tokyo Marathon

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Wow! Congrats to him. I have no idea mentally how these guys can do it.

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They run so fast - I saw them at the 2km point, as I was passing 10km!! I could't maintain there pace for 100m, let alone 42+km!!

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hard training!

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Oh I hear ya! Amazing to watch them fly by! I just have no idea how they manage to run as far as they do with the little meat on their bones!

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It's way more than just training - these runners are gifted with near perfect bio-mechanics and freakish cardio-vascular systems. The average runner could train just as much but would be only half as good. These elite runners are born with their physical advantages and hard training just hones it. Hats off to them.

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After running a 10 k friendly race last year in Tokyo, I have the greatest respect for those fast runners. And it is even more mind-boggling to think about those Ultra Distance runners, who run 100 k, 100miles or more, sometimes even on dirt-tracks!

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Hard training from young age and carefully monitored diets is what it takes. Maybe some are genetically predisposed for running,but it certainly not the case with most Japanese or European runners. Lots of folks over 30 can finish running under 3 hours,and they train part time only.

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This article failed to mention Atsede Habtamu of Ethiopia's women's course record set in this race by 10 seconds--way to go!

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It's disgusting that Fujiwara hasn't got a sponsor! And also disappointing that Kawauchi hasn't got a coach cause he hasn't got any money. Again says a lot about this country! If you haven't got any money then you are S.O.L! These two men are heroes, but where is the financial help? The people up north need heroes and a couple of medals at the Olmpics would do wonders, but the people who have the money to sponsor these guys and train or help them keep dropping the ball.

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