ASICS Elite Track & Field Athletes Ready to "BETTER THEIR BEST" in Moscow

ASICS Elite Track & Field Athletes Ready to "BETTER THEIR BEST" in Moscow

KOBE, Japan, Aug. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ASICS Corporation (Headquarters:
Kobe, Japan; President: Motoi OYAMA) today announces the athletes and
federations supported by ASICS who will compete at the 2013 IAAF World
Championships in Moscow, Russia, on August 10-18, 2013.

ASICS will welcome all athletes and invited guests at its Hospitality Center
in Moscow, located at: 1 ZACHATEVSKY PEREULOK 4, 119034 MOSCOW.

For athletes, ASICS will provide a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for use
before and after competition. Additionally, ASICS will welcome media and other
guests to its lounge to experience the ASICS Spirit.

The 2013 IAAF World Championships will be the first major global sporting
event where ASICS sponsored teams will wear apparel and accessories with the
stand-alone "ASICS Spiral" branding.

ASICS is excited to support these athletes and expects they will "BETTER THEIR
BEST" in their respective events.

< Leading ASICS sponsored athletes & All athletes list*> *as of Jul 30, 2013

Japan:

Mizuki Noguchi (belong to Sysmex), Olympic champion in the marathon at the
Athens Olympics. She also won the 2005 Berlin Marathon in 2:19:12, which is
the Berlin Marathon course record, as well as the Japanese and Asian record.

Chisato Fukushima is the national record holder in the women's 100m and 200m.

Yuki Kawauchi, a marathon runner, known as the 'citizen runner'. His personal
best is 2:08:15.

Yoshihide Kiryu is a sprinter who specializes in the 100m. Currently a high
school student, his personal best of 10:01 makes him co-holder of the World
Junior record. He aims to become the first Japanese to break the 10-second
barrier in the 100m.

USA:

Alysia Montaño, a recent addition to the ASICS roster, will be competing in
the women's 800m after recently claiming her 5th USA National Title. Already
this year, Montaño has set two American records in the Indoor 600m with a time
of 1:23.59 and the outdoor 4x800m record with a time of 8:04.31. Montaño will
compete on August 15, 16 and 18.

Becky Holliday, Olympic finalist, will be competing in the women's pole vault.
Holliday will compete on August 13.

Deena Kastor, American record holder in marathon and half-marathon. She will
compete in the marathon event on August 10.

Sharon Day will be coming into the World Championships after competing in
Heptathlon at the London Olympics and turning around and having a very
successful year in 2013. Sharon won both the USA Indoor and Outdoor
Championships this year. Day will compete on August 12 and 13.

France:

Christophe Lemaitre is the current 100m European Champion and French 100m and
200m record holder with respective times of 9:92 and 19:80. He had won silver
medal on the 4x100m relay and bronze medal on 200m at the 2011 IAAF World
Championships in Daegu, Korea.

Antoinette Nana Djimou is the 2013 European Indoor Champion in Heptathlon.

Simona La Mantia is the 2011 European Indoor Champion in Triple Jump

Emma Green is competing in High Jump. She won the bronze medals in European
Championships both Indoor and Outdoor.

Antti Ruuskanen is competing in Javelin. He won the bronze medal at the 2012
London Olympic Games

Australia

2012 Olympics 50K race walking silver medalist Jared Tallent will endeavour to
go one better at the World Championships in Moscow. Jared is a whole hearted
competitor who will do his country proud.

2009 Discus Gold medalist Dani Samuels comes into the World Championships
reinvigorated following a below par performance at the London Olympics. Dani's
lead up form has been great and is certain to be a medal contender in Moscow.

Former World Indoors champion Fabrice Lapierre has overcome his injury issues
in recent seasons and will be one to watch in the men's long jump in Moscow.
Fabrice is in great shape and will be keen to make up for the disappointment
of missing the London Olympics in 2012.

<Athletes supported by ASICS: footwear *> *as of Jul 30, 2013

Japan:                                             
Yoshihide Kiryu   M's 100m         Chisato Fukushima W's 200m
Ryota Yamagata    M's 100m         Hitomi Niiya      W's 10000m
Yuichi Kobayashi  M's 200m         Satomi Kubokura   W's 400m Hurdles
Yuzo Kanemaru     M's 400m         Miyuki Fukumoto   W's High Jump
Yasuhiro Fueki    M's 400m Hurdles Yuki Ebihara      W's Javelin Throw
Tsuyoshi Ugachi   M's 10000m       Mizuki Noguchi    W's Marathon
Kentaro Nakamoto  M's Marathon     
Yuki Kawauchi     M's Marathon     
Masakazu Fujiwara M's Marathon     
Kengo Yamazaki    M's 4x400m Relay 
Hiroyuki Nakano   M's 4x400m Relay 
Hideyuki Hirose   M's 4x400m Relay 

                                             
Korea:                                        
Kim Hyun-sub     M's 20km Race Walk KimSung-eun W's Marathon
Choe Byung-kwang M's 20km Race Walk 
Park Chil-sung   M's 50km Race Walk 
Lim Jung-hyun    M's 50km Race Walk 
Oh Se-han        M's 50km Race Walk 
Kim Young-jin    M's Marathon       
Jin Min-sub      M's Pole Vault     

              
Chinese Taipei 
TUCHIALIN    M's 4x100m Relay

              
USA:           
Deena Kastor   W's Marathon
Alysia Montaño W's 800m
Sharon Day     W's Heptathlon
Becky Holliday W's Pole Vault

                       
Canada:                 
Inaki Gomez             M's Race Walk
Karine Belleau-Béliveau W's 800m

                                                           
Brazil:                                                     
Anderson Henriques M's 400m         Evelyn Carolina dos       W's 4x100m Relay
                                    Santos
                  M's 4x400m Relay Franciela Krasucki        W's 100m
Bruno Lins         M's 200m                                  W's 200m
Pedro Luiz Burmann M's 4x400m Relay                          W's 4x100m Relay
Solonei Rocha da   M's Marathon     Geisa Arcanjo             W's Shot put
Silva

                                                      
Italy:                                                 
Enrico Demonte       M's 200m           Marzia Caravelli W's 100m Hurdles
                    M's 4x100m Relay   Simona La Mantia W's Triple Jump
Silvano Chesani      M's High Jump      Elisa Rigaudo    W's 20km Race Walk
Giorgio Rubino       M's 20km Race Walk Irene Siragusa   W's 4x100m Relay
Federico Tontodonati M's 20km Race Walk Martina Amidei   W's 4x100m Relay
Teodorico Caporaso   M's 50km Race Walk 
Juarez Isalbet       M's 4x400m Relay   

                                                         
France:                                                   
Christophe Lemaitre M's 100m         Antoinette Nana Djimou W's Heptathlon
                   M's 200m         
                   M's 4x100m Relay 
Emmanuel Biron      M's 4x100m Relay 

                  
Spain:             
Alessandra Aguilar W's Marathon
July Takacs        W's 20km Race Walk

                       
Belgium:                
Thomas van der Plaetsen M's Decathlon
Sara Aerts              W's 100m Hurdles
                       W's Heptathlon

                 
Netherlands:      
Pelle Rietveld    M's Decathlon
Jamile Samuel     W's 4x100m Relay
Tessa van Schagen W's 4x100m Relay
Madiea Ghafoor    W's 4x100m Relay

                 
Switzerland:      
Sprunger Ellen    W's Heptathlon
                 W's 4x100m Relay
Fabienne Schlumpf W's 3000m Steeplechase

                  
Sweden:            
Sofia Linde        W's Heptathlon
Emma Green Tregaro W's High Jump
Moa Hjelmer        W's 200m
                  W's 400 m

               
Finland:        
Antti Ruuskanen M's Javelin Throw
Jarkko Kinnunen M's 50km Race Walk
Aku Partanen    M's 50km Race Walk

                                                  
Australia:                                         
Tim Leathart     M's 4x100m         Melissa Breen    W's 100m
Jarrod Geddes    M's 4x 100m        Dani Samuels     W's Discus Throw
Brandon Starc    M's High Jump      Jessica Trengove W's Marathon
Jared Tallent    M's 50km Race Walk Lauren Shelley   W's Marathon
Fabrice Lapierre M's Long Jump      Kim Mickle       W's Javelin Throw
Andrew McCabe    M's 4x100m Relay   

               
New Zealand:    
Stuart Farquhar M's Javelin Throw

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