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Olympic marathon champion Naoko Takahashi appeared in good form Wednesday at a training session open to the public in Boulder, ahead of her bid to obtain a berth for next year’s Athens Olympics.

The 31-year-old Sydney Olympics gold medalist made four rounds of an undulating 8.3-km course at a high altitude amid wind and rain under the watchful eye of her famed coach Yoshio Koide.

“My time was good considering the windy conditions. I am taking my training program one day at a time and am happy that I was able to show good form,” said Takahashi, all smiles.

Takahashi, the former world record holder who has taken one year off, is planning to run in the Tokyo International Women’s Marathon to seek an Olympic berth for the 2004 Games in Athens next summer.

For his part, Koide said, “We are engaging in training that will equip her with overall stamina. She is 75 percent of what she was at the Sydney Olympics and will surely be 85 to 90 percent in one month and then 100 percent for the (Tokyo) marathon.”

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