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Autumn Issue (Nov.)


Outstanding performance of students

Capturing the Oi title of shogi in brilliant performance. Overwhelming victory in the Izumo Ekiden.

The 6th game of the 51st Oi-Sen (best-of-7 match), one of the 7 major title matches in shogi (Japanese chess), was held in Hadano City, Kanagawa Prefecture on September 1st and 2nd. The challenger 6th-ranked Akihito Hirose (photograph) captured the title by defeating Oi player Koichi Fukaura. Hirose is currently a student in the Department of Mathematics at the School of Education. His brilliant victory marks the first time that a university student has captured shogi's 7 major titles. Hirose was promoted to the 7th rank due to the victory.

The coach and athletes respond to cheers by raising their arms in celebration
©Waseda Sports Press

Additionally, the Waseda University Running Club was victorious at the Izumo Ekiden (relay road race) held in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture on October 11th. It was the 2nd victory for our university and the first victory in 14 years. The race took place over 6 sections (44.5 kilometers) stretching from in front of Izumo Shrine to in front of Izumo Dome. Our university ran a brilliant race with top runners in 4 of the 6 sections. Our runners passed the sash while maintaining a first-place position throughout the entire race. The last Waseda runner crossed the finish line at a new record time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 5 seconds.