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Japan’s runners for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon will be chosen through a two-year qualifying process called the Grand Champion Series starting this summer, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations decided at Tuesday’s extraordinary board meeting.

The series of races will run until the spring of 2019, the JAAF said. The runners with the best times and places will head to the series finale, the Grand Champion Race, to be held sometime after September 2019.

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