Monday, May 13, 2013

Fujiwara Not Planning to Race Until At Least Autumn; "I Just Have to Take My Time Recovering"

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2013/05/13/kiji/K20130513005793500.html

translated by Brett Larner

London Olympics marathoner Arata Fujiwara (31, Miki House), working through a slow recovery from an injury, said at a Tokyo-area event on May 12 that he is not planning to race next until the fall at the earliest.  "I just have to take my time recovering.  There's nothing else I can do," he said.

Fujiwara pulled out of February's Tokyo Marathon after developing problems in his left leg.  He took time off in March before starting to jog again in April.  "There is still time before the next Olympics, so now I am targeting a time goal.  I want to get to 2:06," he said, confirming that he is targeting Toshinari Takaoka's Japanese national record of 2:06:16.

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