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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 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.
|1981||Boston Marathon||Boston, United States||13th||Marathon||2:41:48|
|1983||Tokyo Marathon||Tokyo, Japan||1st||Marathon||2:37:09|
|1984||Olympic Games||Los Angeles, United States||19th||Marathon||2:37:04|
|1985||Nagoya Marathon||Nagoya, Japan||1st||Marathon||2:33:57|
- Olympic marathon runner Nagata dies at 53 dated 29 June 2009
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