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Kano 9th in New York After Bad Fall (updated)

by Brett Larner



World Championships 7th place finisher Yuri Kano (Second Wind AC) suffered a bad fall just 5 km into the 2009 New York City Marathon, an accident which cost her her chances of placing near the top in her New York debut. The fall happened when 2007 Tokyo International Women's Marathon runner-up Salina Kosgei (Kenya) tripped and fell forward. Kosgei's right leg caught Kano's left foot as the Kenyan slid forward on the ground, sending Kano into the air. Kano was completely airborne before landing first on her left hip and then her face.

While Kosgei quickly bounced back up and rejoined the lead pack, Kano struggled and could not regain contact. She was left running first on her own and then slipping back to the chase pack, then slipping away even from them. Surprisingly, Kano did not drop out of the race but gutted out a 9th place finish in a PW time of 2:39:05. It was an unfortunate turn of events and a disappointing result for the rare appearance of a top Japanese runner in New York.

Update: Letsrun.com uploaded videos of Kano and her agent Brendan Reilly talking to reporters after the race to their Youtube channel. In the video below Kano discusses her injuries and feelings about the race in detail.



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Comments

shibuyaboy said…
what a travesty. I admire Yuri Kano for not dropping out of the race though.
yuza said…
The fall really was a shame, because before the race I thought she might be able to spring an upset.

Oh well not to worry. I hope she has not picked up an injury.
Kevin said…
I feel bad for her but it was exciting seeing her run with Paula. I hope she'll be back racing cause she is one of the best runners.

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