translated by Brett Larner
photo by Dr. Helmut Winter
This was Yamamoto's fourth marathon. His best time up to now came in his debut at the hot and humid 2009 Hokkaido Marathon where he was 2nd in 2:12:10. Sagawa Express head coach Tsuyoshi Nakano, 38, commented, "To be honest, the goal this time was just to try to finish up among some of the top-ranked guys in order to get his name out there for Moscow [World Championships] next near." Yamamoto's mother Sachiko, 54, said, "This morning Ryo sent me an email that just said, 'Good morning. Here goes!' When he was little he had asthma and allergies. It's cedar pollen allergy season so I was worried whether he would be OK today."
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