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Martin Lel and Five More From NYCM Added to Fukuoka Field

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translated and edited by Brett Larner

The Fukuoka International Marathon organizers announced Nov. 14 that three-time London Marathon winner Martin Lel (Kenya), with a best time of 2:05:15, and five other overseas athletes have been added to the elite field for the Dec. 2 race.  The other late additions include London Olympics marathoner Scott Overall (Great Britain), Canadian 10000 m national record holder Simon Bairu and Americans Tim NelsonRyan Vail, and Brent Vaughan. All six athletes were scheduled to run the New York City Marathon which was cancelled after a major hurricane hit the east coast of the United States.

2012 Fukuoka International Marathon Elite Field
Fukuoka, 12/2/12
field listing includes select general division entrants

Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) - 2:03:59
Martin Lel (Kenya) - 2:05:15
Dmytro Baranovskyy (Ukraine) - 2:07:15
Isaac Macharia (Kenya) - 2:07:16
Henryk Szost (Poland) - 2:07:39
Arata Fujiwara (Miki House) - 2:07:48
Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) - 2:08:37
James Mwangi (Kenya/Team NTN) - 2:08:38
Yoshinori Oda (Team Toyota) - 2:09:03
Cyrus Njui (Kenya/Team Hitachi Logistics) - 2:09:10
Takeshi Hamano (ex-Team Toyota) - 2:09:18
Satoshi Irifune (Team Kanebo) - 2:09:23
Tomoya Shimizu (Team Sagawa Express) - 2:09:23
Hiroyuki Horibata (Team Asahi Kasei) - 2:09:25
Harun Njoroge (Kenya/Team Komori Corp.) - 2:09:38
Scott Overall (GBR) - 2:10:55
Frank de Almeida (Brazil) - 2:12:03
Cuthbert Nyasango (Zimbabwe) - 2:12:08
Bunta Kuroki (Team Yasukawa Denki) - 2:12:10
Kota Noguchi (Team Toyota) - 2:12:28
Ryan Vail (U.S.A.) - 2:12:43
Chiharu Takada (Team JR Higashi Nihon) - 2:12:44
Andrew Lemoncello (GBR) - 2:13:40
Yasuyuki Yamamoto (Team JFE Steel) - 2:14:21
Takeshi Makabe (Team Kurosaki Harima) - 2:14:34
Yusei Nakao (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 2:14:43
Tim Nelson (U.S.A.) - 2:15:06
Ryan Bak (U.S.A.) - 2:15:12
Seung-ho Baek (South Korea) - 2:15:20
Tomoyuki Kawakami (Team Hitachi Logistics) - 2:15:53
Takuro Nakanishi (Fukuoka Univ.) - 2:16:12
Jesse Cherry (U.S.A.) - 2:16:31
Akiyuki Iwanaga (Team Kyudenko) - 2:17:13
Kenji Sakata (Team Kurosaki Harima) - 2:18:19
Simon Bairu (Canada) - 2:19:52
Martin Mathathi (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - debut - 58:56 half marathon
Mohamed Trafeh (U.S.A.) - 1:00:39 half marathon
Joseph Gitau (Kenya/Team JFE Steel) - 1:01:19
Brent Vaughan (U.S.A.) - 1:02:04 half marathon
Mahoro Ikeda (Team Aichi Seiko) - 1:03:56 half marathon

Pacers
Daniel Chebii (Kenya)
Reid Coolsaet (Canada)
Bitan Karoki (Kenya)
Boniface Kirui (Kenya)
Yuki Oshikawa (Japan)
Yuichiro Ueno (Japan)

Comments

Brett Larner said…
Coincidentally enough, Haile, Fujiwara and Bairu all DNF'd at the 2010 New York City Marathon.

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