Yuko Arimori

Catarina Furtado

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Yuko Arimori was born on 17 December 1966 in Okayama, Japan. After graduating from Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo, she was employed by Recruit Company Limited and began her career as an employee-athlete in 1989.

When she took part in the Osaka International Women’s Marathon in January 1990, she recorded the best time for a first-time marathon runner, at 2 hours 32 minutes and 51 seconds. In the same marathon race in the following year, she came second, with Japan’s fastest record, at 2 hours 28 minutes and 1 second. She won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, and became the first woman medallist in the history of women’s marathon in Japan.

Yuko Arimori established a the non-governmental organization “Heart of Gold”, which encourages hope and courage through sports for people who are handicapped. The NGO supports self-help activities of war victims in Cambodia and other countries.
Ms. Arimori has been taking part in the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon held in Cambodia for the past six years since its beginning in 1996. “Heart of Gold” has been cooperating with the administration of the race. All the participation fees collected during the race are used to fund artificial limbs to landmine victims.

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