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15 April 2021, 11am

Mariko Yugeta runs 2:52:13 in Tokyo

W60+ marathon world record

by Brett Larner

Yugeta

Mariko Yugeta (62), women's 60+ marathon world record holder, bettered her own 2:52:13 record at the Itabashi Trial Marathon in Tokyo on 11 April.

The race was part of a nationwide series of professionally-operated uncertified micro-races that has popped up during the coronavirus pandemic. The Itabashi Trial Marathon covered almost 17 laps of a flat 2.5km course along the Arakawa River on Tokyo’s northern border.

Yugeta went out at just under 4 minutes/km, passing halfway in 1:24:04 and making it to 30km in 2:00:08 before her pace started to slip. Ultimately she ran 2:52:01. She was first of 21 female finishers and 14th overall. “That’s it for marathons for this season,” she told Japan Running News after the race. “I didn’t make it to sub-2:50, but I’ll be training hard to go for it at the Tokyo Marathon this fall.”

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