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Tosa to Run Hokkaido Marathon in Step Toward Comeback

http://www.jiji.com/jc/zc?k=201107/2011072801003

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Two-time World Championships marathon medalist Reiko Tosa, 35, who retired from competition with Team Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo in the spring of 2009, has announced that she will run the late-August Hokkaido Marathon.  The race will serve as a stepping stone toward a full comeback.  Tosa is currently training domestically with other members of Team Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo.  Head coach Shigeharu Watanabe commented, "I've already put together her training for what comes after the Hokkaido Marathon," indicating that they have one of the upcoming fall and winter season's London Olympics selection races in mind.

Tosa won the silver medal at the 2001 Edmonton World Championships marathon and returned in 2007 for bronze at the Osaka World Championships.  She placed 5th at the Athens Olympics marathon but dropped out partway through the Beijing Olympics.  In April last year she gave birth to a daughter, beginning a trial comeback in January this year when she ran the Osaka Half Marathon.

Comments

TokyoRacer said…
Good for her!
And good for Japanese running in general.

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daigaku - university
ekiden - a long-distance relay race
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