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Marathoners Constantina Tomescu Dita and Wataru Okutani Out of Worlds
by: LetsRun.com
August 22, 2007

LetsRun.com visitor Brett in Tokyo sent us the following translation from http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/flash/KFullFlash20070702048.html that Wataru Okutani, one of Japan's top marathoners is out of Worlds.

Wataru Okutani, the top member of Japan`s World Championships Marathon
team, has been forced to withdraw from the team due to complications
arising from an appendectomy.  Okutani was the top Japanese finisher and
fourth overall at last year`s Fukuoka International Marathon in a PB
time of 2:08:49.  He was also the third scoring member of Japan`s gold
medal-winning team at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.  Okutani
has been replaced by alternate Tomoyuki Sato who was the top Japanese
finisher and second overall in this year`s Tokyo Marathon where he ran
2:11:22.  Sato also ran Fukuoka, finishing as fifth Japanese and tenth
overall in 2:12:29.

Constantina Tomescu Dita out of Worlds
By David Monti
(c) 2007 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
August 22, 2007

Constantina Tomescu-Dita, the winner of the bronze medal in the marathon at the last IAAF World Championships in Athletics, has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming World Championships because of an injury.

The Romanian star, who runs for Asics, has been hampered for two months by tendonitis problems in her right knee, according to her manager, Brendan Reilly.  After returning to Romania from her Colorado home in early August, Tomescu-Dita consulted with doctors there.  Although eager to at least help her Romanian teammates to a team medal in the marathon at Osaka, her doctors strongly advised against it.

"They said that if were to try a full marathon now, there is a high danger that I could break the tendon. With the Olympic Games still ahead next year, I don't want to risk a long, long injury, or a permanent injury. The federation also told me this is the best decision."

Tomescu-Dita was clearly a contender for a medal in Osaka.  She won the silver medal at last year's IAAF World Road Running Championships, and finished third at last April's Flora London Marathon.  The 37 year-old athlete has a personal best time of 2:21:30, which is also the Romanian record.

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