Thursday, March 24, 2011

JAAF taps 3 races as qualifiers

For 15 Japanese hopefuls, the road to the world athletics championships will take a detour through either London, Boston or Daegu, South Korea.

Marathons in those three cities have been designated as the final qualifiers for the Japanese women's team for this summer's world championships in Daegu, with most top runners opting for the London race on April 17, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) announced Wednesday in Tokyo.

JAAF had to scramble for an alternative after the third and final domestic qualifier, to be held in Nagoya on March 13, was canceled in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku region.

The JAAF had wanted to use the Nagano Marathon slated for April 17, but that option was eliminated with the cancelation of that race Tuesday.