Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yuri Kano Withdraws From London Marathon

http://www.plus-blog.sportsnavi.com/kmanabu/article/449

translated by Brett Larner

2010 Nagoya International Women's Marathon winner Yuri Kano's coach Manabu Kawagoe (Second Wind AC) posted this notice of Kano's withdrawal from the Apr. 17 London Marathon this morning, just hours after the official announcement that the nine domestic elite women originally scheduled to run Nagoya have been added to the London Marathon field following the cancellation of both Nagoya and its domestic replacement as a World Championships selection race, the Nagano Marathon, in the wake of the series of disasters to hit Japan in the last two weeks.

The Nagano Marathon World Championships selection race, a replacement for the cancelled Nagoya International Women's Marathon selection race, has now also been cancelled. Yuri Kano has been targeting the World Championships and planned to run the overseas selection race subsequently designated by the Japanese federation Rikuren, but after considering the overall situation we have decided that it would be too difficult to make the adjustments to her training that would allow her to be ready for an overseas race a month from now and have withdrawn from the selection race.

I'd like to deeply apologize first of all to all of the amateur runner members of Second Wind who have given Kano their support, and also to our sponsors and associated partners because this decision means that she will not be able to run in this summer's World Championships in Daegu, Korea. In talking with Kano, she told me that after this she wants to take her time with training and concentrate on being ready to run one Olympic selection race next season.

I thank you all for your understanding and ask for your continued support in the future.

Manabu Kawagoe
head coach, Second Wind AC

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