translated and edited by Brett Larner
The Marathon World Cup international team medal competition held as part of the World Championships marathon has been eliminated from the 2013 Moscow World Championships, revealed Japanese federation officials at a press conference related to the Nov. 18 Yokohama International Women's Marathon. Based on the combined times of the top three finishers from each country, Japan has a long record of winning World Cup medals, most recently a silver at the 2011 Daegu World Championships. According to JAAF officials, the IAAF made the decision to terminate the World Cup in September. For civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (25), whose stated goal was to contribute to a second-straight team medal in Moscow, the announcement is surely a great disappointment.