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Osako breaks Japan record

The Associated Press

Suguru Osako reacts after finishing third in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

The Yomiuri ShimbunCHICAGO — Suguru Osako stormed to a Japan record at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, clocking 2 hours 5 minutes 50 seconds to finish third in the men’s race.

The 27-year-old shaved 21 seconds off the previous record, which was set by Yuta Shitara in the Tokyo Marathon in February.

Britain’s Mo Farah won the race with a time of 2:05:11, followed by Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia.

“The race got tough [toward the end] — I was saying to myself, ‘It’s the last mile, just one more mile,’” Osako said after the race.

Osako stayed in the lead pack until shortly before the 40-kilometer mark, and endured a fierce battle for the third spot.

“I believe I proved that a Japanese runner can contend for a title,” Osako added.Speech

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