translated and edited by Brett Larner
The organizers of the Jan. 27 Osaka International Women's Marathon announced on Jan. 25 that three members of its domestic elite field, Yurika Nakamura (Team Tenmaya), Madoka Ogi (Team Juhachi Ginko) and national record holder Mizuki Noguchi (Team Sysmex) have all withdrawn from Sunday's race, Nakamura with plantar fasciitis in her right foot and Ogi with a stress fracture of one of her toes. Noguchi has withdrawn due to lingering effects of the sudden stomach illness that kept her out of the National Women's Ekiden two weeks ago.
In a statement via the race organizers Noguchi said, "I've been training for the Osaka International Women's Marathon since November, but just a little while ago I suffered some bad stomach problems. It has taken some time to recover from them and in my current circumstances I know that I wouldn't be able to do the kind of running I would need to achieve my goal for this race, so I have made the decision to withdraw. Since I had to pull out last year as well I really focused on running the Osaka International Women's Marathon this year, so it's very disappointing to have to do it again. But I know that I have a debt of gratitude to all the people who have continued to support me and cheer for me through the good times and the bad times and I want to get my body strong as soon as possible and ready to give the kind of run that will let everyone say that I've made a complete and total comeback!"