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The Japan Association of Athletics Federations on Monday announced the four men’s races and three women’s races that will be qualifiers for the 2005 World Athletics Championships in Helsinki.

The JAAF said the results of the Fukuoka International Marathon, Tokyo International Marathon, Lake Biwa Marathon and Beppu-Oita Marathon will determine the five spots available for Japanese men at the Aug. 6-14 meet.

Five women will also be selected to represent Japan, through the Tokyo International Women’s Marathon, Osaka International Women’s Marathon and Nagoya International Women’s Marathon.

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