Article by Len Johnson (Runners Tribe)
With the fastest debut marathon by an Australian male athlete, Jeff Hunt once again proved that Japan is an excellent place to go marathoning.
Hunt iced a cake he and his coach, Ken Green, have been some time preparing when he ran third in 2:11:00 in last Sunday’s Beppu-Oita marathon.
More than that, he gave watchers a thrill – and sent the Japanese television commentators scurrying for their fact sheets – when he came from far back in the pack to loom as a possible winner just before 40km. Marathon great Shigeru Soh, who nowadays coaches some of Japan’s best, said that Japanese runners could learn a lot from Hunt’s performance.