The return leg of the Hakone Ekiden provided for a dramatic competition from the beginning, with Toyo losing the lead to Waseda at about 3k, just to regain it at 8, after the Waseda’s highly-regarded Kato obviously encountered some problems. From that point, Waseda followed Toyo with the gap between the two schools about two or three seconds. Amazingly, Kato, with a painful expression on his face, regained the lead at 19k and finished with about 20sec lead over Toyo. Leg two saw no big changes, but a lot of drama, as the gap between Waseda and Toyo opened, just to be reduced to less than the initial 19sec in the end. Obviously, timing yourself on a steep downhill is not easy.