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Vienna City Marathon
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Defending Champion Tomo Morimoto returns to Vienna City Marathon
Tomo Morimoto will come back to the Vienna City Marathon (VCM) to defend
her title on 29th April. The Japanese winner from last year, who had
clocked a first class 2:24:33, is the first major international signing
announced by the organisers of Austria's biggest and most prestigious road
race. As last year more than 20,000 runners are expected to take part in
various races of the event.
When Tomo Morimoto won the Vienna City Marathon a year ago she achieved a
huge improvement of her personal best of more than three minutes. She had
entered the race with a personal record of 2:27:46 and finally clocked
2:24:33. Running so fast on Vienna's picturesque and flat course Tomo
Morimoto came unexpectedly close to the course record of 2:23:47. This was
set by Maura Viceconte back in 2000 and still also stands as the Italian
record. Depending on how well training will go in the next weeks the course
record could come under threat by Tomo Morimoto. "Last year's race was a
very impressive experience for me and the support of the spectators was
great. I really felt great in Vienna and I am looking forward to coming
back", 24 year-old Tomo Morimoto said.
"We are happy and proud that our defending champion Tomo Morimoto will run
the Vienna City Marathon again. With her extraordinary performance and her
charisma she has become very popular among the people in Vienna", said Race
Director Wolfgang Konrad, who earlier had already announced the signing of
Susanne Pumper. Last year Pumper had broken the Austrian marathon record in
Vienna, clocking 2:32:21.
After experiencing difficult training conditions in Albuquerque (USA) due
to snow and very cold weather conditions Tomo Morimoto had missed
qualification for the Japanese marathon team that will run in the World
Championships in Osaka this summer. At the Osaka Marathon in January she
finished only 12th with 2:38:24. While this was bad luck for Morimoto it
could turn into good luck for Vienna. It is here where the Japanese now
wants to prove that she can do much better. Additionally she wants to make
an impression in Vienna before it goes for the Olympic qualification in
late autumn or winter.
Mild winter may result in bigger field at VCM:
While Tomo Morimoto experienced a hard winter in the USA the last few
months have been unusually mild in Austria. This of course was a major blow
for Austria's skiiing business. But for the Vienna City Marathon it could
well turn into an advantage. Runners were able to train well throughout the
winter and interest in Austria's number one running event so far is bigger
than in the past few years.
For more information please visit: www.vienna-marathon.com.