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Monday, 12th March 2012
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Japan Olympics marathon team announced.

The Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) has announced the six marathon runners that will represent the nation at this year's London Olympics.

Arata Fujiwara, the runner-up in last month's Tokyo Marathon and Yoshimi Ozaki, the runner-up in the Nagoya Women's Marathon were both named in the squad, the Mainichi Daily reported.

Completing the men's line-up are Ryo Yamamoto and Kentaro Nakamoto, who at this month's Lake Biwa Marathon finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Risa Shigemoto, winner of the Osaka Women's Marathon, and Ryoko Kizaki, who came first in the Yokohama Women's Marathon, make up the women's team in addition to Ozaki.

The JAAF made the selection based on their positions in four Olympic qualification events that included the world championships.

This means that fan's favourite Yuki Kawauchi, who started the Tokyo Marathon very strongly but succumbed to dehydration and ultimately finished 14th, did not qualify for the Olympic team.

Written by Mark Smith

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