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Tokyo 2020 marathons to start early due to heat fears

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 17, 2019 15:39

Tokyo 2020 marathons to start early due to heat fears

Next year’s men’s and women’s Olympic marathons will start at 6 a.m. local time to try to avoid the worst of Tokyo’s blazing summer heat.

The marathons had been scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. but with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius last year organisers were under pressure to make changes to ensure the safety of athletes and supporters.

The 50 kilometer race walk final has also been moved to 5.30 a.m. local time to avoid the midday sun.

A record heat wave last year killed over a dozen people in Tokyo with July average temperatures reaching more than 30 degrees for the first time since 1998.

Athletes focus on developing a strong circadian rhythm to perform at their best during competition and will have to amend their schedules for this ultra-early start time.

 

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 17, 2019 15:39

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