The Sankei newspaper reports that 2010 world leader Elvan Abeylegesse (Turkey) will not run tomorrow's Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon. No explanation of her withdrawal is given. Abeylegesse was to face Japanese national record holder and course record holder Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) and defending champion Nikki Chapple (Australia).
In the article Fukushi says, "I'm not thinking about a time goal. I just want to run a steady effort without trying too hard, just starting and finishing. I want to be feeling good over the second half."