Takahashi to run major races

Kyodo News

Sydney Olympic gold medalist Naoko Takahashi, who has seen her hopes of appearing in the Beijing Olympics dashed, said Monday she intends to run in all three major races in the next domestic marathon season. “This plan has been a longtime dream for me and I want to produce good results in such a new challenge,” Takahashi said two weeks after failing to book a spot in the Beijing Olympics with a 27th-place finish at the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon. Takahashi plans to run in international races in Tokyo in November, Osaka in January and Nagoya in March. Appearing in all of these races is rare for top-level runners.