04 I Won’t Deserve to Run in the Olympics”
In an interview in Miyazaki on Jan. 23, former males’s marathon nationwide file holder Yuta Shitara (Honda) talked in no unsure phrases about his plans for the Tokyo Marathon, his final likelihood to earn a price ticket to the 2020 Olympics. It’s going to take breaking present file holder Suguru Osako‘s 2:05:50 nationwide file to take the 3rd spot on the Olympic staff. But, stated Shitara, “Even if I break the national record and am chosen, unless I run 2:04 I won’t deserve to run in the Tokyo Olympics.” If he runs a 2:05 nationwide file, he stated unambiguously, “I’ll probably turn it down.”
Commenting on Shitara’s commentary, his trainer Satoshi Ogawa stated, “I think he has complete confidence about winter races, but when it comes to summer races he’s not as sure he can perform as expected. He probably thinks that there are other people who can do better in summer races.”
Shitara additionally stated, “Tokyo will be the last marathon I run in Japan,” indicating that he plans to shift his center of attention to competing in high-level races out of the country. The Tokyo Marathon is greater than sufficiently high-level, often that includes athletes who’ve run in the 2:02 to 2:03 vary, however, stated Ogawa, “He wants to take on the challenge of competing internationally. He doesn’t want conservative races, he wants to go fast and hard. For him it’s all or nothing.”
At the 2018 Tokyo Marathon Shitara ran a then-national file 2:06:11. After a deliberate disagreement with the guy who broke his file failed to materialize eventually yr’s Tokyo, the anticipation for his showdown with Osako this yr is already construction.
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