Friday, April 20, 2012

Olympic Marathoner Kizaki Returns From Tour of "Tough" London Course

translated by Brett Larner

London Olympics women's marathon team member Ryoko Kizaki (Team Daihatsu) returned to Japan on April 19 from altitude training in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a tour of the Olympic course, arriving at Itami Airport after transferring at Haneda Airport.  Kizaki spent three days on the course in London late last month.  She described her impression of the course, which passes landmark sites including Big Ben and St. Paul's Cathedral, saying, "There are places where the road suddenly gets narrow and a lot of 90 degree corners, so it's going to be tough.  If you don't prepare for it I don't think you'll be able to cope with the up-down and the changes in the road surface."

Rizaki plans to return to the U.S.A. for further altitude training in early May, returning again to run the 10000 m at the National Track & Field Championships in June.

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