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Weekend International Road Race Roundup

Paris Marathon: http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/paris-marathon-2016
The great Mari Ozaki (Team Noritz), 40, was 6th in the women's race in Paris in 2:32:44, an apparent new masters' national record.  Click here for complete results.

Daegu Marathon: http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/daegu-marathon
Tomomi Higuchi (Team Daihatsu) took 7th in the women's race in Daegu in 2:38:31.

Prague Half Marathon: http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/prague-half-marathon-athletics-2016-prague
Misato Horie and Mei Matsuyama of the Noritz corporate team finished 14th and 15th in the Prague women's race in 1:14:12 and 1:15:38.  Click here for complete results.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Brett -- thanks as always for your great coverage & analysis of Japanese athletics. One comment, question, and request regarding Mari Osaka's 2:32:44 in Paris yesterday. She is now 40 years old (40y, 261 days, as of the race, I think), and I think her performance is a Japanese veterans/masters (40+) best. I have the perception that veteran's marks are not all that important in the Japanese distance running world, but (assuming I am correct), this might be worth noting. Also, I would be interested, should you have the time and opportunity, in reading any brief profile of her career, as of now. I am curious and interested how a 40+ athlete sustains herself, both athletically and as a professional runner.

Again, thanks for your great work!
Brett Larner said…
Thank you, I'm on vacation and missed that. It does appear to be a masters' NR. Will confirm once I'm back home.

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