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Waseda graduate Suguru Osako secures spot in the Japan men’s marathon team for Tokyo 2020

Alumnus Suguru Osako (2014 graduate of the School of Sports Sciences, now with Nike), has his ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


Osako set a new Japanese record in the Tokyo Marathon 2020 held on March 1. While nobody was able to beat that time at the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon held on March 8, he did clinch the remaining spot in the Olympic marathon team.

Osako places fourth in the men’s Tokyo Marathon, setting a new Japanese record of 2:05.29. (Kyodo News)


Suguru Osako

Born in Tokyo in 1991, graduated from the Waseda University School of Sports Sciences. Started track and field in earnest at junior high school. While at Waseda, Osako competed four times in the Hakone Ekiden long-distance relay race, winning the first leg on both occasions. Won events at both the 2016 and 2017 Japan Championships in Athletics and competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Running in the 2018 Chicago Marathon, Osako set a new Japanese record, coming third with a time of 2:05.50. He holds the Japanese record for men’s 5000m and marathon.

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