A post-race tweet by Fukushi's agent Brendan Reilly.2:22:17...Kayoko Fukushi is going to Rio!!! pic.twitter.com/rFefyN9U7e— Boulder Wave (@BoulderWave) January 31, 2016
translated by Brett Larner
Despite having won Sunday's Osaka International Women's Marathon in all-time Japanese #7 2:22:17 to seemingly mark herself a lock for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic team, Kayoko Fukushi (33, Team Wacoal) revealed on Feb. 1 that she is considering running the final selection race at the Mar. 13 Nagoya Women's Marathon as well.
Despite having cleared the JAAF's sub-2:22:30 Olympic standard with a win, depending on what other athletes do in Nagoya there is a slight chance Fukushi could be cut out of contention, and with the additional problem of a lack of clarity in the JAAF's Olympic selection criteria Fukushi may make the unprecedented move of running a second selection race.
A day after she shouted, "I gots Rio in my pocket y'all!" from the victory podium in Osaka, her possible change of plans came to light. Fukushi's coach at the Wacoal team, Tadayuki Nagayama, 55, told reporters, "The JAAF hasn't said a single word to us to indicate, 'You're in.' We thought she had earned her place on the team, so if she hasn't yet then we have to enter her in Nagoya despite the risks."