translated by Brett Larner
On Nov. 11 the organizers of the Dec. 6 Fukuoka International Marathon, the first domestic selection race for the Rio de Janeiro Japanese men's Olympic marathon team, announced that Koji Kobayashi (Team Subaru) has withdrawn with an injury to his left leg. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) and Dennis Kimetto (Kenya), holder of the 2:02:57 world record, are scheduled to compete.
Translator's note: With a 2:08:51 best from last year's Tokyo Marathon Kobayashi was Kawauchi's main competition in Fukuoka for a place on the Rio team.