translated by Brett Larner
After the announcement of her name as an invited elite at the Feb. 26 Tokyo Marathon, a race outside the set of selection races for the women's Olympic marathon team, Yukiko Akaba (Team Hokuren) issued a statement of clarification on Jan. 26 through her representative. "As part of my goal of making the podium at the London Olympics I intend to set a big PB this spring," she said. After seeing the outcome of the Jan. 29 Osaka International Women's Marathon Olympic team selection race she will make the final decision as to whether she will run Tokyo or the Mar. 11 Nagoya Women's Marathon selection race. Akaba placed 5th as the top Japanese finisher at last year's World Championships, opening up the possibility that she may be able to skip the selection races.