The amazing winner of the Boston Marathon meditates leaving his job as a janitor
The Japanese Yuki Kawauchi wins the Boston Marathon (USA) on April 16, 2018
Yuki Kawauchi, the janitor of a school in Japan that brilliantly won the Boston marathon despite not having a coach or a sponsor, announced on Thursday his intention to quit his usual job to become a professional sportsman.
Turned into a media star, Kawauchi, 31, told reporters that they were waiting for him at the Narita airport; “Since April of next year I am meditating to resign as an official and become a professional (of the marathon.) I want to use the prize money to be able to do that.”
Kawauchi pocketed $ 150,000 when he became the first Japanese to win the race since 1987, precisely the year of his birth.
His victory surprised everyone on the coldest day of the last 30 editions, with constant rain and strong winds.
When he became a professional, the Japanese athlete said that he hopes to compete with the best in the world and overcome his best record of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 14 seconds, something he has not been able to achieve in the last five years.
“Unless I change my environment, I will not be able to improve my best mark, as a Japanese runner I want to compete with the best marathon talent around the world,” he said.
“I saw the flag of Japan waving in the Boston sky, there’s nothing like that, I was very happy, I have no words to describe how I felt,” he explained.
The award will allow him to focus on training for three or four years, said Kawauchi, whose brother is already a long distance professional.
But Kawauchi promised to continue at least one year in his work at the school, in order to celebrate the centenary of the school.