Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kano: "In Japan the marathon is most important to the country, more so than anywhere in the world"

Yuri Kano was in Nagoya, some 300 miles from the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that laid waste to Sendai and Northern Japan on March 11.

She was supposed to defend her title in the women's marathon there two days later, a performance she hoped would earn her selection to the national team for this summer's World Championships.

Everything changed in the matter of those six fateful seconds.