Friday, March 19, 2010

Rikuren Announces Selection Races for 2011 World Championships

translated by Brett Larner

On Mar. 16 Rikuren announced the official selection races for the five men's and women's places available on the Japanese national team for the 2011 World Championships marathon in Daegu, South Korea. Japanese athletes already named to November's Asian Games team can qualify by finishing as the top Japanese medalist at the Asian Games marathon. Beyond that, the top Japanese finishers at the Fukuoka, Beppu-Oita, Tokyo and Biwako Mainichi marathons will be considered for the men's team while women may qualify at the Hokkaido, Osaka, Yokohama and Nagoya marathons. Other results may be considered by the selection committee but results from overseas marathons will not be included.

1 comment:

Simon said...

Hmm, a shame that Rikuren has regressed from allowing athletes to qualify in overseas races. One would have imagined racing against top competition in Berlin, NYC, Boston and London would have been excellent preparation for the WC marathon. Wonder how Arata Fujiwara feels about that given his aspirations to run NYC.