Yuri Kano running NYC half for Japan

Updated: March 18, 2011, 7:00 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A broken heart won't slow Yuri Kano in the New York City Half-Marathon.

She's even hoping it will make her run faster.

The Japanese marathoner became a late entry in Sunday's race following last week's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

"It broke my heart when I see the devastated scenes in northern Japan," said Kano, who has run races in Sendai and Fukushima, two of the hardest-hit cities.

She had been training to defend her title in the Nagoya Ladies ...

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