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Top Japanese distance runner Yoko Shibui set a national record in the women’s 10,000 meters Friday at the Cardinal Invitational track and field meet, clocking the fastest time in the world this season.

The 23-year-old runner from Tochigi Prefecture held off American cross-country ace Deena Drossin in a seesaw battle at Stanford University and hit the tape in 30 minutes, 48.89 seconds for the victory.

Drossin, silver medalist in the World Cross Country Championships in Ireland in March, was runnerup in 30:50.32 while Jen Rhines was third in 31:41.16.

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