translated by Brett Larner
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2009 World Championships 5000 m and 10000 m runner Yurika Nakamura (23, Team Tenmaya) and 10000 m runner Kayoko Fukushi (27, Team Wacoal) left for Germany on Aug. 12 ahead of this year's games, which begin Aug. 15. For Nakamura, who won the 5000 m at June's National Championships, it is her first time at the World Championships. "The difference between Japan and the rest of the world is bigger on the track than in the marathon," said Nakamura. "I don't know how far I can go, but just making the team and then running doesn't mean anything." Fukushi, who has been training in Hokkaido and Hiroshima, added with a laugh, "I feel good. I'm going to enjoy myself when I race."