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Gebrselassie named to Tokyo field

Kyodo

Former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia is among the foreign invitees for the Tokyo Marathon next month, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation said Friday.

The 38-year-old Gebrselassie, who had his world record broken by Kenya’s Patrick Makau at the Berlin Marathon last September, was scheduled to run in last year’s Tokyo race but pulled out after bruising both knees after a fall during pre-race training in Ethiopia.

Civil servant Yuki Kawauchi, who enjoyed a strong run to finish third in last year’s race, and Masato Imai, who placed fourth, are also entered in the Feb. 26 race, which will serve as a qualifier for Japanese men for this summer’s London Games.

Masakazu Fujiwara, the 2010 winner, Takayuki Matsumiya and Kazuhiro Maeda are also set to compete.

Yukiko Akaba, who finished fifth at last year’s world championships, is entered in the women’s race.