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'Russian Sports Agent and U.S. Marathon Officials Under Federal Investigation'

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/04/sports/marathon-doping-investigation.html

Mr. Baranov is pictured at a Japanese race in the lead photo in the above article.  For years JRN has covered his presence in Japan, where his athletes of Russian and other Eastern European nationality have long dominated the elite women's marathon circuit only for many to have their performances annulled for doping and biological passport violations.  One can only hope that Japan opens a similar investigation into these performances, Baranov and his Japanese business and business collaborators.

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CK said…
...very interesting article, thanks for the link.
"One can only hope that Japan opens a similar investigation into these performances, Baranov and his Japanese business and business collaborators."
Second that opinion, but unfortunately don't feel too optimistic about it. Would be great to see a performances-in-Japan focused article of yours appear on Baranov in the mainstream or athletics-specific Japanese language press Brett (- has anyone been paying attention critical to this topic in JPN with as much awareness as you for the past few years ?) Pleasantly surprised to see that there's a story in the NY Times. Can it become news here, or is that pie in the sky?

Brett Larner said…
Thanks, CK. It's nice to see this all finally coming to light. I'm continuing to work on assembling material regarding his Japanese activities. News of the stuff reported in the NYT article did appear in the Japanese press. But no, I don't really expect to see anything at all happen here. Meanwhile, we can look forward to the Saitama Int'l Marathon inviting Maryna Damantsevich this weekend....

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JAAF Announces Last-Chance Olympic Marathon Standards: 2:05:49 and 2:22:22

We hereby announce the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Marathon Team qualifying standards for the MGC Final Challenge.
men: 2:05:49
women: 2:22:22 These times are one second faster than the fastest times run by Japanese men and women within the MGC Race qualifying period. The fastest athlete under these standards at one of the MGC Final Challenge series races will earn the third and final spot on the Tokyo 2020 team following the two to be decided at September's MGC Race. MGC Final Challenge series races:
Men:73rd Fukuoka International MarathonTokyo Marathon 202075th Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon Women:5th Saitama International Marathon39th Osaka International Women's MarathonNagoya Women's Marathon 2020 For more information on the overall Tokyo 2020 Olympic team qualification process please click here.
The official MGC site:  http://www.mgc42195.jp/
source press release:
https://www.jaaf.or.jp/news/article/12712/
translated and edited by Brett Larner

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