On March 30, the Tokyo-based DeNA corporate team held a press conference to announce new members Kenta Murozuka and Hiroki Sugawa. Team management also announced that legend Toshihiko Seko will make a comeback to competitive marathoning after a 26-year absence in hopes of making the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon team, switching roles from his current position as the team's head coach to becoming one of its twelve athletes.
With the start of the new fiscal year today the team's roster page was updated to include the new team members and reflected Seko's new position on the team.
Seko's athlete profile includes the following:
Born July 15, 1956 in Kuwana, Mie. During his career he won ten out of his fifteen domestic and international marathons. On the track he was also dominant, giving the Japanese national records a beating over an impressive range from 5000 m to the marathon and setting then-world records over 25,000 m and 30,000 m.
In April, 2013 he became head coach of the DeNA Running Club corporate team, but, resolving to "make Japanese marathoning #1 in the world again," he has chosen to return to competitive running. His goal is to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics team.
Height, weight: 170.6 cm, 73.5 kg
Blood type: O
Favorite word: passion
Most redeeming characteristic: I'll be friends with anybody.
Message to fans: It's going to take a while, but please cheer me on over the long haul. I will definitely be ready in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
5000 m: 13:24.29
10000 m: 27:42.17
30 km: 1:28:52
Ten wins in fifteen marathon starts
Four-time Fukuoka International Marathon winner, 1978-1980, 1983
Two-time Boston Marathon winner, 1981, 1987
Tokyo International Marathon winner, 1983
London Marathon winner, 1986
Chicago Marathon winner, 1986
Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon winner, 1988
Two-time Olympic marathoner, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988