translated by Brett Larner
27-year-old Olympic marathoner Ryoko Kizaki (Team Daihatsu) arrived at London's Heathrow Airport on July 25 from her high-altitude training camp in the United States. "I'm really excited to get here. If I can finish the race with a smile I'll be happy," she laughed. Kizaki has been training at 2100 m in Flagstaff, Arizona with the other two members of the women's Olympic marathon team for more than a month. "The training camp ran a little long, but I'm ready. The solid base I built up gives me a lot of confidence," she said, her tanned face giving evidence of her preparedness.
Kizaki will skip the opening ceremony, focusing on her final sharpening for the race on Aug. 5.