translated by Brett Larner and Mika Tokairin
2009 World Championships Japanese national team head coach Toshio Kiuchi announced on Aug. 12 that women's marathon squad alternate Tomo Morimoto (Team Tenmaya) will not travel to Berlin with the team and has withdrawn due to injury. Kiuchi stated, "Morimoto has officially notified us that because her condition is not improving she does not feel she could make any contribution to the team and thus wishes to withdraw. We will run the race with the primary five athletes already entered." Because of the large number of Japanese marathoners who did not start last summer's Beijing Olympics marathons, this year Rikuren is sending the alternates along with the starting team to cover any eventuality.