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With a 2:09:43 best, 32-year-old veteran Tomoyuki Sato (Team Asahi Kasei) lost touch with the lead pack midway through Sunday's Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, finishing 10th in 2:16:05. Sato ran the 2007 World Championships marathon, but in recent years his body has grown more and more reluctant to cooperate. With nothing but more changes lying in wait as he faces the rest of his career as an athlete, post-race in Oita he said, "I'm basically saying now that I'm going to give it one more year. I want to get myself back together for one more big marathon and leave on a good note." With this self-imposed deadline on his retirement Sato has one year to make good.