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Japan’s Shigeru Aburaya produced his fastest time of the season but had to settle for fifth place for the second straight meet in the men’s marathon at the World Championships on Saturday.

Morocco’s Jaouad Gharib set a course record of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 31 seconds en route to winning the gold while Spaniard Julio Rey took the silver in 2:08.38 and Italy’s Stefano Baldini claimed the bronze in 2:09.14.

Aburaya got off to a rocket start and took the lead twice near the 16-km point but came home 12 seconds shy of a place on the medals podium in 2:09.26. Compatriot Atsushi Sato was 10th, Tsuyoshi Ogata 12th and Koji Shimizu 21st.

Elsewhere, the Japanese men’s 4×100-meter relay team of Hiroyasu Tsuchie, Hisashi Miyazaki, Ryo Matsuda and Nobuharu Asahara finished fourth in their heat and advanced to Sunday’s final for the second straight time while the men’s 4×400 team qualified for the final for the first time.

Shingo Suetsugu, winner of the bronze medal in the men’s 200 meters, opted out of the 4×100 relay after pulling his left hamstring.

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