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Ozaki, Tulu head Yokohama field

Kyodo News

The second Yokohama Women’s Marathon will feature 2009 world silver medalist Yoshimi Ozaki and two-time Olympic 10,000-meter champion Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said Monday.

The Feb. 20 race doubles as a selection event for this summer’s world athletics championships in Daegu, South Korea.

The top Japanese finisher with a time of under 2 hours, 26 minutes will automatically qualify.

The new course, which starts and finishes at Yamashita Park, has fewer ups and downs than the inaugural 2009 edition won by Inga Abitova of Russia.

Naoko Sakamoto, the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon seventh-place finisher, has also entered the race.