Tomo Morimoto(森本 友Morimoto Tomo, born December 27, 1983) is a female long-distance runner from Japan who specialises in the marathon.
Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.
Born in Yamasaki, Hyōgo, Morimoto made her marathon debut at the 2006 Osaka Women's Marathon and, even though she was not an invited elite runner, she managed to finish in fifth place in a time of 2:27:46.She set her personal best (2:24:33) in the women's marathon on May 7, 2006, winning the Vienna City Marathon. This was the race's second fastest run for a woman at that point after Maura Viceconte's course record.
Yamasaki was a town in Shisō District, Hyōgo, Japan.
The Vienna City Marathon is an annual marathon race over the classic distance of 42.195 km held in Vienna, Austria since 1984.
Maura Viceconte was an Italian long-distance runner, who represented her native country twice at the Summer Olympics.
She formed part of the Okayama team for the Inter-Prefectural Women's Ekiden in January 2008 and her 4 km leg helped the team to third place in the relay race. She hoped to be selected for the 2008 Summer Olympics and began her marathon season by running 2:25:34 for second place at the Osaka Marathon. She was also runner-up at the Vienna Marathon that year, finishing behind Luminița Talpoș who defended her title. She missed out on a place in the Japanese squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics as the selectors preferred to pick Yurika Nakamura.
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The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and commonly known as Beijing 2008, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 8 to 24 August 2008 in Beijing, China.
Luminiţa Talpoş is a female long-distance runner from Romania, who specialized in the marathon race during her career.
She signed up for the 2009 London Marathon and finished in eighth place with a time of 2:26:29 – the best performance by an Asian woman at the event.At the Berlin Marathon in September 2010 she was among the race favourites and took third place with a time of 2:26:10 behind Ethiopians Aberu Kebede and Bezunesh Bekele.
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The Berlin Marathon is a major running and sporting event held annually in Berlin, Germany. The official marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers is set up as a citywide road race where professional athletes and amateur runners jointly participate. Initiated in 1974, the event traditionally takes place on the last weekend in September, with the exceptions of 2000, because of a conflict with the Olympic Marathon date, and 2018, held two weeks earlier due to Day of German Unity preparations.
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