translated by Mika Tokairin and Brett Larner
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya): "It's going to be a tough race but I'll do my best. I'm going for the course record [2:07:34]. 2:05 is my target."
Deriba Merga (Ethiopia): "[Kipsang] is definitely strong, but the marathon is not the same every time."
Satoshi Yoshii (Team Sumco): "I also have a chance [to run a fast time like Kawauchi at last week's Tokyo Marathon]. I want to take it."
Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki): "[Although I only have a 29 minute 10000 m best like Kawauchi,] I do better in big races over longer distances."
Masato Imai (Team Toyota Kyushu): "I'm running Biwako, not Tokyo [against Kawauchi]. I don't have to be so tense."
Kensuke Takahashi (Team Toyota): "When I was [at the Berlin World Champs as the alternate], I really wanted to run. Everyone wants to make the national team."
Masashi Hayashi (Team Yakult): "I can finally say that I'm ready to target wearing the national colors. I want to make that dream come true."