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Kato becomes first Japanese runner to win half marathon

August 20, 2012
By Jim Butta - News and , The Marietta Times

PARKERSBURG - During its 26 years of existence the News and Sentinel Half Marathon has had winners from eight different states and nine different countries. Make that 10 now as 21-year-old Asami Kato became the first winner for the island nation of Japan when she defeated last year's winner, Malika Mejdoub, by 17 seconds.



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