Women's long-distance Hitomi Shintani [31 = Sekisui Chemical] entered the half marathon in Houston, USA on the 19th, setting a new record in Japan of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 38 seconds. The previous record was 1 hour 7 minutes 26 seconds by Kayoko Fukushi in 2006. Wearing Nike's platform shoes, it was the first time in 14 years, a major update of 48 seconds.
Shinya, who finished fifth in the 2013 World Championships in Moscow with a girl of 10,000 meters, retired from active duty once in January 2014 and lived as an OL in office. He returned to service in 2018, ranking 11th in last year's 10,000m women's world championship. It has also exceeded the standard participation record of the Tokyo Olympics of the same type for 20 years. He will be a pacemaker at the 26th Osaka International Women's Marathon where Fukushi and others will participate.