Pavey is up for Japan challenge

Double Olympic finalist Jo Pavey is relishing her third marathon as it will be her first 26.2-miler where her preparation has gone according to plan

Jo Pavey (Mark Shearman)

Jo Pavey will tackle the third marathon of her career on Sunday, feeling that she is in better shape than ever before.

The four-time Olympian argues that her first two marathons in London (2:28:24) and New York City (2:28:42) last year came after periods of injury that hampered her preparations.

But for the Yokahama Marathon on November 18, Pavey has enjoyed a sustained period of training and good form, including superb performances in the 5000m and 10,000m in the Olympics and then winning the Bupa Great South Run last month.

“I hope I am in better shape for Japan than ever before,” said Pavey. “I have only done two marathons but both of those came off the back of stress fractures which obviously had an impact.”

Pavey has been piling in the miles around her home in the mid-Devon town of Tiverton, including 20 miles plus runs on the Grand Western Canal. “The canal path,” she added, “is very close to my home and it has been great for doing my long runs.”

“This time should be a lot better as I am coming off a very good track season culminating with the Olympics. I have been able to train hard and consistently with few disruptions and I feel I am in better shape now than before my previous two marathons. Of course it comes down to how I feel on the day but I am looking forward to the race.”

Pavey flew out to Japan last week in order to acclimatise to the time diff erence. “When I have raced in America I have always felt okay in the week when I have flown out there but going to Japan is going to be much more difficult,” she said.

“I am using the experience I had when I went with the GB team to the holding camp in Macau before the IAAF World Championships in Osaka in 2007 and I found it took much longer to get used to the time difference. That is why I wanted to fly out earlier to give myself the best chance to get used to the time changes.”

Top contenders in Yokohama

Lydia Cheromei (KEN)

PBs: 67:26 (half), 2:21:30.

Yelena Prokopcuka (LAT)

PBs: 68:09 (half), 2:22:56.

Yukiko Akaba (JPN)

PBs: 68:11 (half), 2:24:09.

Remi Nakazato (JPN)

PBs: 70:03 (half), 2:24:28.

Marisa Barros (POR)

PBs: 69:09 (half), 2:25:04.

Zivile Balciunaite (LTU)

PBs: 70:23 (half), 2:25:15.

Kim Smith (NZL)

PBs: 67:11 (half), 2:25:21.

Mai Ito (JPN)

PBs: 70:03 (half), 2:25:26.

Mizuho Nasukawa (JPN)

PBs: 71:58 (half), 2:25:38.

Noriko Matsuoka (JPN)

PBs: 71:13 (half), 2:26:54.

Amy Hastings (USA)

PBs: 71:19 (half), 2:27:03.

Kateryna Stetsenko (UKR)

PBs: 73:20 (half), 2:27:51.

Eri Hayakawa (JPN)

PBs: 70:14 (half), 2:28:11.

Jo Pavey (GBR)

PBs: 68:53 (half), 2:28:24.

Sumiko Suzuki (JPN)

PBs: 73:30 (half), 2:29:25.

Mayumi Fujita (JPN)

PBs: 71:02 (half), 2:29:36.

Kaori Yoshida (JPN)

PBs: 70:18 (half), 2:29:45.

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