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Mizuki Noguchi showed the poise of a seasoned veteran to win the Osaka International Women’s Marathon on Sunday, clocking the second fastest time for Japanese women in only her second marathon race.

Noguchi failed in her first attempt to pull away from marathon debutante Naoko Sakamoto at the 35-km mark but finally surged ahead with 3.5 km left and went on to cross the finish line at Nagai Stadium with a meet record time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 18 seconds.

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