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All-Time Japanese #4 Man Hiroto Inoue to Run Hot and Humid Asian Games Marathon

On Mar. 4 it was learned that Hiroto Inoue (25, MHPS), 4th place in last week's Tokyo Marathon in an all-time Japanese #4 time of 2:06:54, intends to run for Japan at August's Jakarta Asian Games. Following the final selection race for the Asian Games team, yesterday's Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, MHPS head coach Jun Kuroki revealed, "Inoue plans to take part."

Suguru Osako (NOP), the top Japanese man in Fukuoka, and national record breaker Yuta Shitara (Honda) have both passed on the Asian Games national team. The weather conditions in sub-equatorial Jakarta are expected to be severe, but with just as tough conditions expected for the Tokyo Olympics and its MGC Race trials event the Asian Games represent an excellent test run opportunity. Coach Kuroki also commented, "The only question mark so far has been in our preparations for last August's London World Championships."

Kuroki and Inoue plan to work on measures to deal with the heat prior to the Asian Games. The JAAF plans to stage a test event at Jingu Gaien near the Olympic Stadium site in central Tokyo on Aug. 9, two years before the main event, but in the view of Inoue and Kuroki a serious race in hot summer conditions would be more valuable in being able to play an active role in the Tokyo Olympics marathon.

The Asian Games marathon teams will include up to two men and two women. Men will be selected based on the results from the past season's Hokkaido Marathon, Fukuoka International Marathon, Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, Tokyo Marathon and Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon. Selection guidelines state that "athletes who are judged able to exert an active part in the Asian Games" will be chosen, with priority given to those already qualified for the MGC Race. The team lineup will be announced following ratification by the JAAF board of directors on Mar. 16.

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Betsudai - the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
daigaku - university
ekiden - a long-distance relay race
faito - a courseside audience cheer; see ganbatte
ganbatte (ganbare) - a courseside audience cheer; see faito
gasshuku - an intensive training camp
Hakone Ekiden - the annual university men`s championships
jitsugyodan - corporate-sponsored professional running teams
onsen - a hot spring
Q-chan - Naoko Takahashi, the 2000 Sydney Olympics women`s marathon gold medalist, Olympic record holder and first woman to break 2:20 in the marathon
rikujo - track and field, the marathon, and other running events
Rikuren - the JAAF
tasuki - the sash which is handed off during an ekiden
zannen - too bad
otaku - a nerdy, socially awkward person, usually male, who is obsessed with some esoteric topic

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