translated and edited by Brett Larner
At the Sept. 25 press conference ahead of the Sept. 28 Berlin Marathon, 2013 Moscow World Championships women's marathon bronze medalist and half marathon national record holder Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) was confident as she said, "I got all my training in and I'm feeling good. I'm going for the time and the win."
Berlin will be Fukushi's first marathon in over a year, her last being her medal-winning run in Moscow. The site of a new men's world record last year and all three sub-2:20 Japanese women's marks to date including Mizuki Noguchi's national and course record 2:19:12, Fukushi's absolute minimum goal on Berlin's speed course is to significantly better her 2:24:21 PB. "The other athletes here say they're going to try to break 2:20. If I go out with them I think the time I'm looking for will be in the cards." Berlin represents the first step toward Rio two years down the line, but Fukushi looked relaxed as she said, "If I run the time then everything else will follow. I want to have some fun."
Translator's note: The official press release on the women's race describes it as a "trio" looking to run sub-2:20, a trio made up of Ethiopians Tirfi Tsegaye and Feyse Tadese and American Shalane Flanagan. Fukushi receives passing mention at the end. Flanagan's IAAF-recognized PB is 2:25:38 rather than the aided mark given in the press release.
Update: Fukushi's agent Brendan Reilly tweeted the following re:Fukushi in Berlin:
@JRNHeadlines I don't have exact numbers, but I think Kayoko took down about a dozen 2:22 or better women in Moscow last August. #underrated
— Boulder Wave (@BoulderWave) September 26, 2014