30,000 spectators stood and cheered wildly when two near exhausted men entered the Tochigi Stadium, Tokyo, Dec 8 after a gruelling 26 mile Marathon race from the Tochigi Stadium to fokujiromachi and back again.
L.V. KARVONEN OF FINLAND LEFT..AND KEIZO YAMADA OF JAPAN.
S.V. FRANJO MIHALIC LEFT..YUGOSLAVIA AND PAVEL KATOREK OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA.
C.U. SADANAGA OF JAPAN..WARMING UP.
S.V. RUNNERS LINED UP.
L.V. START PAN TO BACK V.
L.V.TOWARDS SADANAGA..JAPAN..NO.11 and VEIKKO KARNONEN, NO.2. RETURNING TO TRACK.
S.V. BOTH MEN RUNNING ROUND TRACK.
L.V.TOWARDS FINISH OF RACE, SADANAGA..JAPAN NO. 11 WINNING.
S.V. SADANAGA WITH OFFICIALS ETC.,
S.V. SADANAGA RECEIVING AWARD.. LEFT.. KATOREK OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA, KARVONEN OF FINLAND, SADANAGA..JAPAN..AND MIHALIC OF YUGOSLAVIA.
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Background: 30,000 spectators stood and cheered wildly when two near exhausted men entered the Tochigi Stadium, Tokyo, Dec 8 after a gruelling 26 mile Marathon race from the Tochigi Stadium to fokujiromachi and back again. They were the eventual winner Nobuyoshi Sadanada of Japan, and Veikko Karvonen of Finland.
The last 400 metres was raced neck and neck -- each spurting, then slowing. Sadanaga managed to sustain a fast pace through the final 100 metres and burst the tape eleven yards ahead of karvonen.
67 runners took part in the Marathon. Three from countries outside Japan. Karvonen of Finland (2nd). Mihalic of Yugoslavia (3rd) and Kantorek of Czechoslovakia (4th).
On this showing the 29 year old cotton spinner Sadanaga, must be considered a likely prospect for the Marathon Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Karvonen and Mihalic were the 1956 Olympic Bronze and Silver medallists respectively.
Sadanaga clocked 2 hrs 24 mins 2 secs, just four minutes and two second outside the World record.