translated by Brett Larner
Rikuren announced on Sept. 3 that Mizuki Noguchi (Team Sysmex) has notified them of her withdrawal from this year's World Half Marathon Championships, to be held Oct. 12 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Noguchi previously withdrew from the Beijing Olympics women's marathon after injuring her left thigh. She made the decision to withdraw on the basis of not feeling that she will be able to accumulate enough training to justify participating.
Noguchi qualified for the World Half by winning May's Sendai International Half Marathon. In response to Rikuren's notification of their permission for her to run, Noguchi commented at the time, "They asked for a prompt reply, so I told them it was OK to say I would do it."