<div">Japan’s first ever winner of the Vienna City Marathon
received another honour a day after the race. Tomo Morimoto, who had run the
second fastest time ever in this race with 2:24:33 hours, and the men’s winner Lahoucine Mrikik
(Morocco), who had broken the course record with
2:08:20, were invited for a reception by the
President of Austria. Mr. Heinz Fischer, who himself is a runner, received the
winners in the morning at the famous Wiener Hofburg. Women’s runner-up Chieko
Yamasaki also joined the group.
Running inside the Wiener Hofburg
Being told that the President is a runner Tomo Morimoto took the
opportunity to invite Mr. Heinz Fischer to jog with her. The President responded
immediately, took his jacket off and the two ran along a long splendour corridor
inside the Wiener Hofburg.“My next big goal is to qualify for the World
Championships’ marathon in Osaka in 2007. But I will not run another marathon this
year”, Tomo Morimoto said.
Vienna had been only her second race at the classical
distance after finishing fifth in Osaka earlier this year with 2:27:46. Besides a personal record in the marathon the 22
year-old broke another personal best during the race. Tomo Morimoto was timed at
72:02 minutes for the second half of the race. Her previous personal best at
this distance had been 72:17. These achievements suggest that there is much more
to come from Tomo Morimoto.
Sachertorte - and enjoy MOZART
felt fine during the race. And the pacemaker did a fantastic job”, Tomo Morimoto
explained. After the marathon she celebrated her victory by going to a Japanese
restaurant and concert of classical music. Additionally she had a piece of
Sachertorte – a traditional thick Austrian chocolate cake.
<div">This year’s Vienna City Marathon had the motto: Run Vienna, enjoy Mozart.
Classical music was played along the course. “This combination worked very well
– we will continue with that”, Race Director Wolfgang Konrad said. Next year’s
Vienna City Marathon will be run a week earlier on 29th April.</div"></div"></div">