2020 Olympic marathon trials winner Shogo Nakamura (Fujitsu) sat for interviews with the media on Nov. 12 in Chiba. With regard to the IOC's decision to move the marathon to Sapporo he said, "All I have to do is add specific preparation for the features of the course. If they can settle on the course as soon as possible then there will be more time to prepare for it. How I train will change depending on whether it's flat or has uphills."
Nakamura said that after winning the Olympic marathon trials on Sept. 15 he took a month off to recover mentally and physically, and is now back to training. His corporate team Fujitsu finished 17th at the Nov. 3 East Japan Corporate Ekiden, meaning that Nakamura won't run in the Jan. 1 New Year Ekiden national championships. "That doesn't really have a big impact," he said. With regard to his upcoming plans before the Olympics he said, "I'm not planning to do another marathon. I think I'll probably do one road race over the winter, maybe a half marathon."
translated by Brett Larner