Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ozaki takes Yokohama victory in 2:23:56

IAAF reports
Making a decisive surge in the 39th kilometre, 2009 World Championships silver medallist Yoshimi Ozaki left Marisa Barros and Remi Nakazato in her wake to decisively win the second annual Yokohama International Women’s Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, on Sunday (20) in 2:23:56.

After Ozaki was left behind by Bai Xue’s decisive move in Berlin two years ago, she was determined to work on her surge in the final stage of the race. Ozaki covered the final 2.195Km in 7:15 which showed that she was able to execute her plan quite well. By recording a sub-2:26 clocking, Ozaki automatically qualified for the World Championships team automatically.

“I was only thinking about winning the race. I only started to think about time late in the race, but as it turned out, I was able to run a fast time,” Ozaki said.