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Toshihiko Seko

Toshihiko Seko

Japanese long-distance runner
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Intro Japanese long-distance runner
Countries Japan
Occupations Marathon runner Long-distance runner Athletics competitor
Gender male
Birth 15 July 1956 (Kuwana)
Education Waseda University
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Biography

Toshihiko Seko (瀬古利彦, Seko Toshihiko; born July 14, 1956 in Kuwana, Mie) is a Japanese former long-distance runner. He was a world-class marathon competitor in the 1980s. He represented his native country at the 1984 and the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Seko's notable marathon wins include Fukuoka Marathon (1978–1980, 1983), Boston Marathon (1981, 1987), London Marathon (1986) and Chicago Marathon (1986).
On March 22, 1981 Seko set world records at 25,000 m (1:13:55.8) and 30,000 m (1:29:18.8). The records stood for 30 years, until they were broken by Moses Mosop in June 2011. On April 20, 1981, Seko shaved one second off Bill Rodgers's course record at the Boston Marathon.
As of 2005, Seko is a coach at the S & B Foods Track Team, and a member of the Tokyo 2016 Olympics Advisory Panel.
He serves on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education from December 21, 2007.
He was devoted to the sport above other interests and once remarked "The marathon is my only girlfriend. I give her everything I have."

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Japan
1979 Asian Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st 10,000 m 28:59.2a
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 14th Marathon 2:14:13
1986 Asian Games Seoul, South Korea 3rd 10,000 m 29:31.90
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 9th Marathon 2:13:41

Marathons

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1978 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:10:21
1979 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:10:35
1980 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:09:45
1981 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:09:26
1983 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:08:38
Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st Marathon 2:08:52
1986 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:10:02
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:08:27
1987 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:11:50
1988 Lake Biwa Marathon Ōtsu, Japan 1st Marathon 2:12:41

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