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Kiyoko Shimahara

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KIYOKO SHIMAHARA
JAPAN

BIRTHDATE:
22 December 1976

PERSONAL BEST:
2:26:14 (Hokkaido, 2005)

CAREER NOTES:

Never out of the top five, Shimahara has performed well in six career marathons. She says her proudest running accomplishment is finishing as the top Japanese runner and second overall at the 2004 Tokyo International Women’s Marathon. Early in 2006 she recorded a personal best 70:16 at the Miyazaki Half Marathon before placing third in Osaka. The only time she ran over 2:30 was in Tokyo in 2003, when the temperatures stretched above 80 degrees. Shimahara fell just short of her personal best when she ran 2:26:52 to place fifth at the 2006 Boston Marathon.

PERSONAL NOTES:

Shimahara was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture and currently lives in Tokyo. She competes for the Shiseido Cosmetics corporate team and trains in Japan, China, and the United States. She is a 1999 graduate of Kokushikan University with a degree in physical fitness. Shimahara enjoys volunteering, is single and has a brother and a sister.

HIGHLIGHTS:

04/17/06 Boston Marathon 5th 2:26:52
01/29/06 Osaka International Ladies Marathon 3rd 2:26:47
08/28/05 Hokkaido Marathon 2nd 2:26:14
11/21/04 Tokyo International Women’s Marathon 2nd 2:26:43
11/16/03 Tokyo International Women’s Marathon 3rd 2:31:10
02/11/03 Hitachinaka Marathon 1st 2:28:17