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Kitajima boosts Olympic hopes by finishing second at Lake Biwa

Kyodo

Hisanori Kitajima put himself in contention for a place on Japan’s team at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a second-place finish at the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Kitajima posted a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes 16 seconds in the race that doubles as the final men’s Rio qualifier for Japanese runners, finishing behind winner Lucas Rotich of Kenya.

Japan’s Suehiro Ishikawa was fourth. General runner Yuki Kawauchi was seventh and London Olympian Kentaro Nakamoto was eighth.