ATHENS (Kyodo) Shigeru Aburaya is hoping to emulate women’s marathon winner Mizuki Noguchi and win Japan’s second marathon gold medal in the men’s race on the final day of competition at the Athens Olympics on Sunday. “I’m in it to win it,” the 27-year-old Aburaya told a pre-race news conference for Japanese runners. “At the very least I’ll be trying to cross the line as one of the fastest runners. “We’ll be on a course that even Ms. Radcliffe failed to finish and you never know what could happen in the men’s race,” said Aburaya. “I think I’ve got a chance.” Aburaya placed fifth in the men’s marathon at the past two World Championships. Japan’s other entries are Tomoaki Kunichika and Toshinari Suwa, who put themselves on the road to Athens with a 1-2 finish at last December’s Fukuoka International Marathon in personal best times.

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