Prominent Marathon Coach Yoshio Koide Dies at 80

Society Sports

Tokyo, April 24 (Jiji Press)--Yoshio Koide, who coached top female Japanese marathon runners including Naoko Takahashi, the gold medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, died at the age of 80 on Wednesday.

Marathon runners coached by Koide also include Yuko Arimori, who won the silver medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Games, and Hiromi Suzuki, the champion in the 1997 IAAF World Championships.

Koide himself was a member of Juntendo University's team in the annual Hakone Ekiden college road relay race.

His coaching career started with high school runners, before shifting to company athletes.

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