translated by Brett Larner
The Shiseido corporation announced on Sept. 21 that marathoner Yuri Kano, who left the Second Wind AC running club and longtime coach Manabu Kawagoe at the end of August, will return to its corporate running team on Oct. 1. She is targeting the marathon at next year's London Olympics. The 32-year-old Kano originally joined the Shiseido team in 2001 but followed Kawagoe in quitting the team in 2007 to found Second Wind. Her achievements at the marathon distance include a 7th place finish at the 2009 World Championships and a win at last year's Nagoya International Women's Marathon. Kano commented, "I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to run. Running has given me the opportunity to live as an athlete and to grow as a person, now I want to let this tremendous flower bloom."