translated by Brett Larner
Team Shiseido announced on April 11 that marathoner Yoshiko Fujinaga, 30, has retired. Fujinaga left the team on March 30 and plans to pursue a career as a teacher.
As a student at Isahaya H.S. in Nagasaki Fujinaga ran the 5000 m at the 1999 World Championships, going on to run the marathon at the 2009 World Championships. Aiming for the London Olympics, she finished only 38th at March's Nagoya Women's Marathon.
Translator's note: Fujinaga and London Olympics men's marathon team member Arata Fujiwara (Tokyo T&F Assoc.) were teammates at Isahaya H.S.