translated and edited by Brett Larner
On Feb. 20 Rikuren, the Japanese federation, announced the Japanese entrants for the Feb. 24 Asian Marathon Championships to be held in conjunction with the 2013 Hong Kong Marathon. Kenzo Kawabata (Team Aisan Kogyo) will compete in the men's division with Kumi Ogura (Team Shikoku Denryoku) representing the women. Kawabata, 28, set his best of 2:13:40 at the 2011 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon. Ogura, 27, ran a half marathon best of 1:10:51 earlier this month at the Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon.