Deaf marathon runner resulted in highest record for the Deaf in Japan

Koichiro Yamanaka, a 27-year-old Deaf man from Tokyo, achieved the highest record as a Deaf runner in full length marathon in Japan. He is a member of the Atomi Club.

The prestige 62nd Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championships was held in Fukuoka Prefecture on December 7, 2008. This was also a trial to select the fasted Japanesse runners for the 12th World Championship.

The participants including the runners from around the world competed. As the result, Yamanaka was placed at 65th by the record of 2:28:00.

Source:
http://www.fukuoka-marathon.com/en/index.html (English version)
/Asahi Shimbun, Dec. 8, 2008

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