translated by Brett Larner
Osaka Governor Hashimoto hosted a reception at the Osaka Prefectural Office on July 9 for East Osaka resident Yasukaza Miyasato (30). Miyasato, a member of the Izumi-based Ground Self Defence Forces, won the 2009 IAU World Cup in Belgium last month. The Governor told Miyasato, "Your win is Osaka's honor," as he presented the world champion with a handwritten certificate of congratulations.
Miyasato covered the 'ultramarathon,' more than twice the distance of a 42.195 km full marathon, in a time of 6:40:43 to take the laurel wreath. After conferring the honors upon Miyasato, Governor Hashimoto recalled his own experience running a different race. "I only ran 3 km, but I couldn't move for a week afterwards. Your achievement is truly incredible." Looking toward his future goals Miyasato said, "I'd like to keep running the 100 km distance until I turn 40."