translated by Brett Larner
Former Hakone Ekiden uphill star Daichi Kamino (23, Team Konica Minolta) has withdrawn from next week's Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon with pain in his right Achilles tendon after attending a JAAF marathon training camp in Nelson, New Zealand focused toward developing high-potential candidates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics men's marathon team. Kamino went to the training camp on Mar. 22 along with this year's Hakone Ekiden Second Stage winner Kengo Suzuki (21, Kanagawa Univ.) and other young talent. Under JAAF direction they did marathon-specific training such as 50 km runs, but near the end of the camp Kamino sustained the injury. He returned to Japan on Apr. 14 as originally scheduled. Kamino will try to recover in time for his planned marathon debut at December's Fukuoka International Marathon.