Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Shimahara Withdraws From Philadelphia Half


translated by Brett Larner

Nov. 27 Asian Games marathon team member Kiyoko Shimahara (33, Second Wind AC) has cancelled her planned altitude training camp beginning Sept. 5 in Boulder, Colorado due to illness. She has also withdrawn from her scheduled appearance in the Sept. 19 Philadelphia Half Marathon.

Shimahara spent August training in Hokkaido, but after returning home to Nagano she came down with a fever. Exhibiting symptoms similar to those of dehydration, she was advised to spend at least a week allowing for total recovery. Departing for Boulder Sept. 5 with Shimahara's Asian Games teammate Yuri Kano (31) and other Second Wind runners, coach Manabu Kawagoe (48) commented, "Shimahara overtrained in Hokkaido. If she feels back to normal in time then she'll join us in Boulder (for the last part of the training camp)." He indicated that the situation is not a major setback for Shimahara's preparations for November's main event.

Kano told reporters, "I'll be using Philadelphia to check on my current condition. From there I'll be targeting peaking at the Asian Games."

Translator's note: Second Wind runner Eri Okubo is also scheduled to run Philadelphia.

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