Japan’s 2019 Scorecard--2 Wins, 33 Losses

Since January 1, 2019, Japanese distance runners have entered 25 international marathon and 10 10K races. As of June 1, the score is Japan 2 wins, 33 losses. These results do not bode well for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan has lost 94% of the distance races it has entered.

The sole two wins were at the minor Vancouver marathon. The time of the winning male ranked 437 th in the world in 2019 and the winning female 493 rd . The best time for a male Japanese marathoner in 2019 was 88 th in the world, and 35 th in the world for a female.

Yet Japanese runners train more than other runners, averaging about 250km per week, compared to 200km per week for African and other runners. In addition, Japanese runners are motivated by huge monetary prizes of one hundred million yen for a Japanese marathon record and one billion yen for an Olympic Gold Medal, while they lose to runners from some of the poorest countries in the world.

So, what is the secret of African runners who hold the top 87 times in the world? Is it genetics? Body shape? Living and training at altitude? Diet?

See the answer in the links below.

Japan’s 2019 Scorecard—2 Wins, 33 Losses

For Japanese Runners, the Marathon is 4km Longer

Bob Prichard
Somax Performance Institute
4 Tara Hill Road, Tiburon, CA 94920
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