Saturday, February 19, 2011

Yokohama preview

IAAF reports
The second edition of the Yokohama Women’s Marathon, the second of three qualifying races for the Japanese World Championships marathon team, will be held on Sunday 20 February. The date of this IAAF Silver Label Road Race, which usually takes place in November, was moved because the APEC International Conference, required heightened security, was held in Yokohama last November.

The runner with most international honours, and the fastest Marathon personal best, is Ethiopian Derartu Tulu, the 1992 and 2000 Olympic 10,000m champion. She has a best of 2:23:30 from the 2005 World championships where she finished fourth. Tulu may be almost 39, but she hasn’t slowed down much. Last year Tulu finished second at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon clocking 2:28:13. Four months earlier, she was victorious at the 2009 New York City Marathon.