Thursday, February 17, 2011

48 Years Ago Today Terasawa Set Marathon World Record at Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon

translated by Brett Larner

On Feb. 17, 1963, Toru Terasawa set a marathon world record of 2:15:15.8 at the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon. Terasawa's time eclipsed the previous record set at the Rome Olympics by Abebe Bikila by 4 seconds. The following year Terasawa ran the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics along with Kokichi Tsuburaya and Kenji Kimihara but despite having the best PB in the field finished only 15th.

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