POSTED: July 13th 2009

Tokyo 2016's own hero leads Olympic appeal to all the rest

Naoko Takahashi (front row) pulls in many of Tokyo's bid supporters / Tokyo 2016
Naoko Takahashi (front row) pulls in many of Tokyo's bid supporters / Tokyo 2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

TOKYO: The Olympic spirit is running fast in Tokyo, literally. More than 1,300 supporters from throughout Japan joined Naoko Takahashi, the 2000 Olympic women’s marathon gold-medallist in one of the latest events designed to promote and encourage support for Tokyo’s bid to host the Summer Games in 2016.

The International Olympic Committee decides on October 2 in Copenhagen between the rival candidacies of Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

Tokyo’s home supporters showed they have no doubt about which way the vote should go when they turned out for the Bid Support Run at the Komazawa Olympic Park, one of Tokyo’s Olympic legacy sites.

Takahashi is one of the Olympic athletes providing personal support for the city’s bid and underlining the theme of setting the stage for heroes.

Her achievements included being the first women to break the 2hr 20min barrier, in the Berlin Marathon in 2001 and she also won the Tokyo Marathon in 2005.

Keywords · Tokyo 2016 · Olympic Games · IOC · Takahaski

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