TOKYO (WFLA) – Athletes fight heart-to-heart during the Olympics.
After an uproar, organizers had to move the game for the gold medal in women’s soccer. The weather also has an impact on the walking and marathon events.
Both the men’s and women’s marathon races are taking place this weekend, but they will be held within hours of Tokyo due to the heat. Both marathon races are held in the city of Sapporo, approximately 500 miles north of the host city.
Forecasters say it’s too hot in Tokyo, but it’s also unusually hot for the season in Sapporo, with temperatures reaching over 90 degrees, which isn’t exactly the best time to run.
Wichita NBC presenter Brad Buganski is a marathon enthusiast and knows how difficult it is to run 26.2 miles.
“It doesn’t matter if you are in good shape when you run the marathon, you are going to tire yourself out. You are going to hit the wall. You were going to feel like you had nothing left. Your muscles lock up, ”Buganski said. “This [the weather] will certainly have adverse consequences on the athletes, even the elite athletes participating in these Olympics. It will therefore be very interesting to see if the heat and humidity will play a role in these races.