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New Year Issue (Jan.)

NEWS REPORT

Thanks sent out to the support from around the country

National championship victories for baseball, running, and the men's and women's kendo teams!

Baseball team finally reaches the summit in the Six University Tournament

On November 3 in the autumn league of the Tokyo Six Universities Tournament, the final was held between Waseda and Keio Universities for the first time in 50 years. Waseda won the match 10-5, recording its 42nd championship victory, and first in four seasons. After the victory parade, a celebration was held on a specially built stage in the campus, becoming a night enveloped with a fever-pitched atmosphere. Also, in the 41st Meiji Shrine Baseball Tournament that followed, on the back of strong pitching by Fukui, Oishi and Saito, Waseda captured a long-awaited first championship.

Both men's and women's teams capture national kendo titles

On October 31 at the 58th Japanese Student Kendo Championship Tournament, Waseda captured its second title in men's competition and its first for 45 years (left photo). Also, in the 29th Japanese Female Student Kendo Championship tournament held on November 14th, without losing concentration in a string of tough victories by a slim margin of one point, the female team shone through with its first national championship (right photo).

Running team crowned no.1 after victory in the two major ekiden

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On November 7, 26 teams took part in the 42nd All-Japan University Ekiden with Waseda winning a fifth title, and first in 15 years, while rewriting the race record by more than one minute. After a slow start and ninth place after the first leg, Waseda hit the top in the fourth leg and never relinquished the lead to run away with the race, and capture the second major ekiden on the back of its Izumo Ekiden victory which was reported in the last edition.