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Spain’s Jose Rios claimed victory in near record time while Tadayuki Ojima of Japan placed second at the annual Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon on Sunday.

Rios covered the 42.195-km course, which winds around Japan’s largest lake, in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 42 seconds — just eight seconds outside the meet record set by his compatriot Antonio Pena in 2001.

Ojima made a strong case for selection to Japan’s team for this summer’s Athens Olympics.

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