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Japanese marathon champion Yumiko Hara blames eating disorder for shoplifting conviction


A Japanese world championship marathon runner has blamed an eating disorder and repeated arrests for shoplifting on the pressures she was under from her trainers.

Yumiko Hara, 36, was sentenced by the Maebashi District Court on Monday to one year in prison, suspended for four years, after being arrested for stealing food, including a bag of sweets worth 382 yen (US$3.40), from a store in Gunma Prefecture in February.

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