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Nagano Marathon Announces Elite Field (updated)

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translated by Brett Larner

On Mar. 31 the organizing committee of the 12th Nagano Olympic Commemorative Marathon announced the 34 athletes in the elite field for this year's edition on Apr. 18. Nicholas Chelimo (Kenya) tops the men's field with a PB of 2:07:46. Nagano prefecture marathon record holder Masaru Takamizawa (Saku Chosei H.S. AC) is also scheduled to run. Defending women's champion Irina Timofeyeva (Russia) returns and will face Kiyoko Shimahara (Second Wind AC), who was just named to the Japanese national team for November's Asian Games in Guanzhou, China.

Translator's note: Issue 3 of JRNPremium features an exclusive interview with Shimahara and will be published next week. Click here for more information.

2010 Nagano Marathon - Elite Field
click here for complete elite field listing
Men
Nicholas Chelimo (Kenya) - 2:07:46 (Amsterdam '09)
Shadrack Kiplagat (Kenya) - 2:07:53 (Amsterdam '07)
Ambesse Tolossa (Ethiopia) - 2:08:56 (Paris '04)
Abiyot Guta (Ethiopia) - 2:09:03 (Dubai '09)
Moges Taye (Ethiopia) - 2:09:21 (Vienna '98)
Anthony Wangeci (Kenya) - 2:11:47 (Frankfurt '09)
Masaru Takamizawa (Saku Chosei H.S. AC) - 2:12:10 (Hokkaido '08)
Tomohiro Seto (Team Kanebo) - 2:12:21 (Berlin '07)
Tomonori Onitsuka (Team Kyudenko) - 2:12:48 (Beppu-Oita '05)
Peter Kariuki (Kenya/Team Mazda) - 2:13:38 (Biwako '08)

Women
Irina Timofeyeva (Russia) - 2:24:14 (Hamburg '08)
Kiyoko Shimahara (Second Wind AC) - 2:25:10 (Hokkaido '09)
Eri Hayakawa (Amino Vital AC) - 2:28:11 (Honolulu '04)
Irene Limika (Kenya) - 2:28:31 (Frankfurt '08)
Kate Smyth (Australia) - 2:28:51 (Nagano '08)
Chihiro Tanaka (AthleC RC) - 2:29:30 (Nagoya '02)
Lisa Weightman (Australia) - 2:30:42 (Berlin WC '09)
Olena Burkovska (Ukraine) - 2:30:50 (Kosice '09)
Yoshimi Hoshino (eAthletes Shizuoka) - 2:35:58 (Otawara '05)
Yoko Yagi (Suzuki AC) - 2:36:26 (Nagano '09)

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