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Ready to run in Beijing with rice on her feet

Updated: June 13, 2008, 4:59 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- First, the commotion was about high-tech swimsuits and the latest Speedo. Now, as the Olympics approach, it's about the shoes.

Japanese marathoner Mizuki Noguchi won the Olympic gold medal four years ago in Athens. She credits her victory to a rigorous training regimen, single-minded dedication and a staple that has less to do with track and field and more to do with agriculture: rice.

The state-of-the-art track shoes derive their superior absorption and traction not from ...

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