translated by Brett Larner
The athletes' village for the Jan. 29 London Olympics selection year Osaka International Women's Marathon opened Jan. 23 at an Osaka-area hotel. The first invited athlete to arrive was 2008 Beijing Olympics marathon gold medalist Constantina Dita (Romania). Speaking on her 42nd birthday, Dita commented on her preparation and plans for her third appearance in Osaka after an absence of four years. "Compared to four years ago my overall volume is down, but I've trained enough to challenge my body," she said. Of her friend and predecessor as Olympic gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi (33, Team Sysmex) Dita voiced her support as she said, "She's still young. She's at a perfect age for winning another medal at the Olympics. I hope she has a great performance."