Izumi Maki dead aged 49 after two-time Olympic distance runner’s battle with breast cancer

FORMER Olympian Izumi Maki has passed away aged 49.

The Japanese distance runner had been battling breast cancer.

 Izumi Maki has died at the age of 49

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Izumi Maki has died at the age of 49

Maki made two appearances at the Olympics for her country, finishing 12th in the women’s 10,000 metres at the 1992 games in Barcelona.

She later took 12th in the women’s marathon at the Atlanta games four years later with a time of two hours, 32 minutes and 35 seconds.

Maki also represented Japan at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo, finishing 20th in the women’s 10,000 metres.

She placed 17th in the same event at the 1993 tournament in Stuttgart.

 The former Olympian had been battling breast cancer

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The former Olympian had been battling breast cancer

Maki’s finest hour came in 1996 when she won the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon with a time of 2:27.32.

There were victories for Maki at the Shibetsu Half Marathon in 1993 and 1994.

While she also won the Gold Coast Marathon that same year.

However, Maki was given a three-month doping ban after winning the 1995 Sapporo Half Marathon, leading to her disqualification, and later in life became a training adviser for Fujita Running Academy.

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 Maki competed at the 1992 Barcelona games and the 1996 Atlanta games

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Maki competed at the 1992 Barcelona games and the 1996 Atlanta games
 She was suspended for doping in 1995 after winning the Sapporo Half Marathon

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She was suspended for doping in 1995 after winning the Sapporo Half Marathon

FORMER Olympian Izumi Maki has passed away aged 49.