translated by Brett Larner
Two-time World Championships women's marathon medalist and two-time Olympic marathoner Reiko Tosa (35, Team Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) announced on Feb. 21 that the Mar. 11 Nagoya Women's Marathon Olympic selection race will be her final competition before retirement. Following her retirement she plans to remain at Mitsui as an advisor, helping guide the team's future progress. Tosa dropped out of the Beijing Olympic marathon with an injury to her right foot. Following a comeback at the 2009 Tokyo Marathon she announced her retirement to start a family, but after the birth of her daughter in 2010 she attempted to return to competition. Her return did not go smoothly as she was unhappily forced to cancel planned runs at the 2011 Tokyo Marathon and 2011 Hokkaido Marathon after injury setbacks.