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First overall victory at Hakone Ekiden in 18 years
Sweep of 3 major collegiate ekidens

The 87th Tokyo-Hakone Collegiate Ekiden (relay road race) was held on January 2nd and 3rd. The course consisted of 10 sections making a return trip between Otemachi in Tokyo and Lake Ashi in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. Waseda University won the overall race, our university's 13th total victory and the first in 18 years.

The Waseda overall time of 10 hours, 59 minutes and 51 seconds is a new record. Furthermore, with victories at the Izumo Ekiden and the All-Japan Collegiate Ekiden, Waseda became just the 3rd university in history to sweep all 3 major collegiate ekidens.

The first half of the race was led by Suguru Osako (1st year student, School of Sport Sciences), who won the 1st section of the race. The Waseda team maintained first place through the 4th section. Although overtaken by Kashiwabara of Toyo University during the 5th section, Waseda finished the first half of the race in 2nd place, trailing by only 27 seconds.

In the second half of the race, Waseda recaptured the lead during the downhill 6th section thanks to the strong running of Hiroki Takano (4th year student, School of Sport Sciences). From the 7th section onwards, Waseda runners maintained the lead through stable running. However, Toyo University continued its close pursuit of Waseda, and the 10th section began with only a 40-second gap between the two universities. During the final section, Toyo's runner came within 21 seconds of Waseda's anchor runner and team captain, Kenji Nakashima (4th year student, School of Sport Sciences). Despite the pressure, Nakashima continued to maintain a steady pace and pumped his fist when crossing the finish line in first place.

Waseda would like to thank everyone who supported our ekiden team, and we will continue to field strong teams in the future.