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Mizuki Noguchi Considering Dropping Out of Olympics After Hospitalization for Fatigue

http://www.asahi.com/sports/update/0809/TKY200808090164.html

translated by Brett Larner and Mika Tokairin

On Aug. 9 it was revealed that defending Olympic women`s marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi (30, Team Sysmex), who is attempting next week in Beijing to become the first woman to win two Olympic marathon gold medals, was hospitalized in Kyoto after secretly returning to Japan from her high-altitude training camp in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Aug. 4, three days earlier than planned. Noguchi is not injured but rather suffering from severe fatigue. Her management is cautiously considering whether or not she should run the Olympic marathon on Aug. 17.

Noguchi was hospitalized in Kyoto primarily for a health check, receiving a battery of MRI tests and examinations to determine how the accumulated fatigue she is experiencing is affecting her muscle condition. She has now been released and is being advised by a team of doctors. Officials stated, "We are now trying very hard to get her together for the race."

Japanese women have won the last two Olympic marathon gold medals and are trying to extend their streak to three. Naoko Takahashi won the gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Noguchi followed up with gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Translator`s Note: This news was just released. I will update with more detailed information as it becomes available.

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