Yasutaka Monde tops Saipan Marathon

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AMID concerns about the global Covoid-19 outbreak, the Marianas Visitors Authority successfully held this year’s Saipan Marathon on Saturday with over 700 participants. Yasutaka Monde was overall winner in the full marathon-men’s division.

A South Korean couple reach the finish line of the Saipan Marathon while holding the South Korean flag on Saturday at Micro Beach.  Photo by Prince Factor
Hyatt general manager Nick Nishikawa completes the Saipan Marathon 5k run on Saturday at Micro Beach.  Photo by Prince Factor

Monde, 28, clocked 2:33:12. Finishing second was last year’s champion, 41-year-old Yoshiyuki Ono, who timed in at 2:40:39.

The rest of the top six finishers in the full marathon of the men’s division were Ryan Matienzo, 2:43:05; Mamoru Nagata, 2:46:06; Takashi Hanashima, 2:51:17; and Masaya Abe, 2:56:16.

In the full marathon-women’s division, Tomomi Nakajima finished first, clocking 2:54:41. She was followed by Naomi Washizu who came in at 3:13:39. Heather Taylor was third with a time of 3:24:00; Maki Narita was fourth, 3:30:05; Ruri Wakamatsu was fifth, 3:31:56; and Yuko Moto was sixth, 3:37:50.

In the men’s division of the half marathon, Kazuaki Okamoto was first with a time of 1:14:16. Yuki Uchiyama was second, 1:14:32; Derek Mendell was third, 1:17:33; Shintaro Natsume was fourth, 1:18:20; Samuel Smith was fifth, 1:25:08; and Peter Blas was sixth, 1:41:46.

In the women’s division of the half marathon, Manami Ijima finished first with a time of 1:28:20. The rest of the top six were Marina Matsuura, second, 1:31:57; Akiko Miller, third 1:49:33; Kimiko Mckagan, fourth, 1:57:09; Heather Popa, fifth, 1:57:35; and Keiko Nakakarumai, sixth,1:58:49.

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