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Nanae Nagata (, born as 永田 七恵 Nagata Nanae) Nanae Sasaki (, (February 8, 1956 – June 27, 2009) was a 佐々木 七恵 Sasaki Nanae) Japanese long-distance runner.
She was a high school teacher in
Ōfunato, Iwate when she set a Japanese record of 2:40:56 at the Boston Marathon in 1981.
She quit running as an amateur and began her professional career with the S & B Foods Inc. Athletic Club, which included among its members her coach,
Kiyoshi Nakamura, and Toshihiko Seko, then one of the top marathon runners in the world.
She set a new Japanese record of 2:35:00 at the
Christchurch Marathon in June 1982.
She won the
Tokyo International Women's Marathon in 1983, and she represented Japan at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, finishing the race in 19th place, at 2:37:04.
She retired from competition after setting her personal best time of 2:33:57 at the
Nagoya Marathon in March 1995, and she then served as a coach at the S & B Athletic Club for a while.
On June 29, 2009, Japanese news media reported that she died on June 27 at the age of 53 due to
colorectal cancer. [1 ]
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