INTRODUCTION: Rodolfo Gomez of Mexico has won the 1981 Tokyo Marathon.
GV Competitors starting race.
GV Runners leaving stadium as crowd wave flags. (2 SHOTS)
GV Runners through street, led by motorcycle police.
GV Leading group including Randy Thomas, Tommy Persson and Rodolfo Gomez. (2 SHOTS)
GV Another group of runners past crowds waving flags. (2 SHOTS)
TV Gomez entering stadium for final laps.
LV ZOOM INTO GV Gomez crossing finish line, surrounded by team officials.
GV Persson crossing finish line.
GV Thomas crossing line
GV Crowds responding, Gomez waves. (2 SHOTS)
SPORT: MARATHON RUNNING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Rodolfo Gomez of Mexico has won the 1981 Tokyo Marathon. Despite a blistered foot, he covered the 42 kilometres (26 miles) and 353 metres (385 yards) in two hours and 11 minutes.
SYNOPSIS: Most of the field of 89 runners were Japanese. The others were 13 foreigners from seven countries. The race had the grand title of The Tokyo-New York Friendship '81 Marathon, and its course was in the shape of a lassoo through the streets of the Japanese capital.
One reason for holding the marathon was to celebrate 20 years of a sister-city relationship between Tokyo and New York, where the annual marathon has become one of the rites of autumn.
This group contains the top three place-getters -- Gomez, number one-two-one; Tommy Persson of Sweden, with number one-two-two on his vest -- he came second; and the American Randy Thomas, number one-two-eight.
This was the full course used for the marathon at the 1964 Olympic Games.
And here's Gomez entering the stadium well in command. After 37 kilometres (23 miles), he had broken clear of a group of five to stay in front until the end. He said later he had begun to feel pain from blisters on his left foot about a third of the way along the course. He kept going by simply deciding to forget about the pain.
Persson had run much of the race at Gomez's shoulder. He finished only 67 seconds behind the winner.
Thomas hit the tape just 24 seconds after Persson.
Gomez came sixth in last year's marathon at the Moscow Olympics.