translated and edited by Brett Larner
2011 Daegu World Championships marathon 10th-place finisher Kentaro Nakamoto (29, Team Yasukawa Denki) has done all of his training for the London Olympics domestically, with simple confidence saying, "I've built my legs to last." His concerns about the London weather are the opposite of most of his competition's: "I'm not very good in cold weather, so I hope it gets hot."
On June 27 Nakamoto celebrated the birth of his son Riku. His closing words were for his wife Reiko and Riku, who are cheering him on from back home in Japan: "I can't wait to see them after getting the result I want in the race. I'm shooting for top eight."