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Ballarat teen wins half-marathon ahead of Tokyo games

SAM RIZZO OITA HALF MARATHON JAPAN wheelchair athlete nov 2019 pic YT ed

Ballarat teenager Sam Rizzo has won the Oita Wheelchair half Marathon in Japan, as he prepares to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics.

The Commonwealth Games athlete and former Damascas College student completed the 21km in 46-minutes, 35-seconds.

The runner-up was just 2 seconds behind him.

The marathon – on the southern island of Fukuoka – attracted more than 150 competitors from nine countries

Here’s how it was reported on a Japanese news channel …