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  1. He let out several short gasps when he crossed the finish line, his eyes wide and his smile huge. Japan's Yuki Kawauchi shocked the world when, with just one mile to go, he pushed past a struggling Geoffrey Kirui to cross the finish line in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 58 seconds. He became the first Japanese man to win the Boston Marathon since 1987, when Toshihiko Seko won. This is Kawauchi's first major title. It was, incidentally, in 1987 that Kawauchi was born. "I can't help but think fate had something to do with my win today," the 31-year-old said through an interpreter at the news conference. Tears poured out of his eyes as he looked up at the Japanese flag, the anthem playing in the background. He said hearing the anthem because of his accomplishment was an emotional feeling. While the elite men struggled to hold on to their leads because of the rough weather conditions, Kawauchi, who ran 12 marathons in 2017, looked comfortable. When the men's elite race began, the temperature was 38 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of 35 degrees. Kawauchi had run a sub-zero race -- the Marshfield Marathon in Massachusetts -- in January, and after the Boston race, he said, "For me, these are the best conditions possible." The rain and wind probably helped him win the title, Kawauchi said. It would have been a tougher competition had the weather been dry and warm, and his comfort level running in low temperatures and rain gave him the edge, he said.