translated by Brett Larner
2015 Beijing World Championships team member Masakazu Fujiwara (34, Team Honda) ran in the 5000 m at the Apr. 29 Heisei Kokusai University Time Trials meet. His first race of the season, he finished in 14:22.76. "That was about what I expected," he said.
Along with World Championships teammates Masato Imai (31, Team Toyota Kyushu) and Kazuhiro Maeda (34, Team Kyudenko), if Fujiwara makes the top 8 in Beijing and is the top Japanese finisher he will be named to the Rio Olympics team. "I definitely want to seal up a place on the Olympic team in Beijing," he said. Anticipating a battle between veterans he added, "The other two guys are probably thinking the same thing. If we don't do it in Beijing it will be hard to make the team. We're all in our 30s so we can't keep running lots and lots of marathons."