translated and edited by Brett Larner
2 weeks after finishing 27th in the Nagoya International Women's Marathon and missing her chance for the Beijing Olympics, Sydney Olympics women's marathon gold medalist Naoko Takahashi (35, Team Phiten) has found a new dream: she intends to run and win all three of the major elite women's marathons in Japan during next winter's season.
Speaking at a press conference on Mar. 24, Takahashi announced that she plans to race the Tokyo International Women's Marathon on Nov. 16 this year, the Osaka International Women's Marathon on Jan. 25 next year, and the Nagoya International Women's Marathon on Mar. 8, also next year. She told reporters that she will be running to win each of the races.
It may seem reckless for one person to try to run three marathons within four months, but Japan Rikuren has given its permission. Rikuren marathon director Tadasu Kawano commented, "Is this some kind of statement of retirement? If that is what she wants to do, go ahead."