translated by Brett Larner
A day after winning the Jan. 31 Osaka International Women's Marathon in an outstanding time of 2:22:17, Kayoko Fukushi (33, Team Wacoal) took part in a press conference at the New Otani Osaka Hotel. "It was a long road, but it was good to deliver the results," she said with a wide smile. "If the results are good, it's all good."
Fukushi was too excited to sleep during the night. "It must have been all the adrenaline," she laughed. Her place on the Rio Olympics team is virutally certain, but Fukushi has to wait for the results of March's Nagoya Women's Marathon for it to be formalized. "My next race will probably be in Rio," she said. "I'll wait to see what the word is in March."
As the first beneficiary of the National Corporate Federation's Project Exceed national record attempt incentive launched last July, Fukushi received a 5 million yen [~$42,000 USD at current exchange rates] bonus for running 2:22. "I didn't think they had this kind of prize," she laughed. "It's my lucky day!"