Marathon national record holder Mizuki Noguchi (Team Sysmex) will line up for tomorrow's Rock 'n' Roll Portugal half marathon in Lisbon. The year-leading half marathon time by a Japanese woman is 1:09:47 by Tomomi Tanaka (Team Daiichi Seimei), set in winning March's National Corporate Half Marathon Championships. No Japanese woman has broken 1:09 since Yukiko Akaba's 1:08:50 win at the 2009 Sendai International Half Marathon.
Noguchi's 2:19:12 course record at the Berlin Marathon will be under attack as well tomorrow by a group of top Ethiopians. Yuri Kano (Team Shiseido) will also be in the women's race, with a group of Japanese men including 2010 Tokyo Marathon winner Masakazu Fujiwara (Team Honda) and 2:11 men Atsushi Ikawa (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) and Suehiro Ishikawa (Team Honda) in the men's race. More information:
Meanwhile, a major typhoon threatens to scuttle two of the weekend's biggest domestic Japanese races, the Fukuoka Prefecture Road Race Championships and the Chubu Corporate Track and Field Championships. Stay tuned for more information.