Connect with us

GSPN

KO’KO’ RACE RECORD BROKEN

[sixcol_five_last]

By Patrick Lujan

Despite wet and slippery conditions, Japan’s Masashi Shirotake took home his third straight Guam Ko’Ko’ Race and broke the course record in the process, finishing the half marathon in one hour, 11 minutes and 25 seconds.

Guam’s Christopher Magtoto and Japan’s Masashi Shirotake take the halfway turn of the 13.1-mile run. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

The 33-year-old from Takamatsu, Japan finished the 13.1-mile course from Ypao to Asan and back with a constant and quick pace from start to finish that no one could keep up with.

“It was dangerous,” Shirotake said about the wet course, especially coming down the hill toward the finish line. “If I speed up, I may slip.” That suggests that dryer conditions couldn’t given him a faster time.

First place solo finisher Masashi Shirotake

Guam’s Christopher Magtoto was shoulder-to-shoulder with Shirotake throughout the first half of the race heading down to the turning point in Asan.

“We kept switching the pace,” the 21-year-old Magtoto said. “Then he pulled away going back.”

http://iconnectasia.com/iconnectguam/Pulled away he did as Shirotake shifted to another gear and slowly widened the gap.

“His breathing was heavy,” Shirotake said about Magtoto. “That’s when I picked up the pace.”

“When he pulled away, it was hard to keep up,” Magtoto said. “It was little by little.”

Over 1800 runners participated in the annual event. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

After the turn, the more experienced Japanese quickly jumped ahead by about 10 meters. By the eight-mile mark, the lead increased to 23 seconds, then a 1:14 lead at the 10-mile mark.

Magtoto, running in only his second half marathon, finished in a respectable 1:14:29.

Shirotake, who has run in more than 20 marathons and about five half marathons, won the $1000 winners prize and another $500 for breaking the course record.

Guam Olympian Amy Atkinson was the first female finisher at 1:28:05.

HALF MARATHON RESULTS

EKIDEN RELAY RESULTS

[/sixcol_five_last][useful_banner_manager_banner_rotation banners=51, 44, 14 interval=8 width=120 height=600 orderby=rand]

[fbshare url=” http://www.gspnlive.com/runningtrack/guam-koko-race/” type=”button”][fblike url=” http://www.gspnlive.com/runningtrack/guam-koko-race/” style=”standard” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”]

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

June

July 2020

August
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
Events for July

1st

No Events
Events for July

2nd

No Events
Events for July

3rd

No Events
Events for July

4th

No Events
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for July

5th

No Events
Events for July

6th

No Events
Events for July

7th

No Events
Events for July

8th

No Events
Events for July

9th

No Events
Events for July

10th

No Events
Events for July

11th

No Events
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for July

12th

No Events
Events for July

13th

No Events
Events for July

14th

No Events
Events for July

15th

No Events
Events for July

16th

No Events
Events for July

17th

No Events
Events for July

18th

No Events
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for July

19th

No Events
Events for July

20th

No Events
Events for July

21st

No Events
Events for July

22nd

No Events
Events for July

23rd

No Events
Events for July

24th

No Events
Events for July

25th

No Events
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for July

26th

No Events
Events for July

27th

No Events
Events for July

28th

No Events
Events for July

29th

No Events
Events for July

30th

No Events
Events for July

31st

No Events

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

St. John’s Knight Aarman Sachdev

Polls

Would you like to see the first ever 2020 Fantasy Baseball Drafted teams compete against each other?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Since forming the GNYFF in 2009, the league has never gone without a season until 2020. The league announced their plans to cancel the 2020 season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

COMING SOON …

ALL SPORTING EVENTS HALTED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

QUICK HITS

Former Guam resident and UFC fighter Jon Delos Reyes received his jiu-jitsu black belt in Las Vegas from Professor Raul Jimenez. Congratulations JDR!

More in GSPN