The Japanese Olympic Marathon Champion Naoko Takahashi will run, 371 days after
winning the gold medal at the Sydney Olypmic Games, the 28th real,-
BERLIN-MARATHON on the 30th of September 2001.
Returning from Australia to Japan NaokoTakahashi received a heros welcome
and is now one of the most popular athletes in Japan.
the extra-ordinary and demanding effort Naoko Takahashi was using a lengthy
recovery period and is now using a long build-up to prepare for this years
The steep carreer of the 29 year-old athlete started in 1998 with a win at
the Asian-Championchips in Bangkok in the time of 2:21:47. She recorded a
further success in posting a win in 2:22:19 at the Nagoya Marathon in the
spring of 2000. Her next marathon was the Olympic Marathon in Sydney which she
won in the Olympic record time of 2:23:14.
The fast course of Berlin might experience another Japanese victory as the
strongest marathon runner prepares her spare races very conscientous.
The real,- BERLIN-MARATHON is welcoming the Olympic Champion and will also
continue its tradition of honouring a Olympic Champion with a portrait on the
medal which every of the 30,000 finishing runners will receive – who else
could it be than Naoko Takahashi in this year?