translated by Brett Larner
2008 Beijing Olympics men's marathon team member Satoshi Osaki (36, Team NTT Nishi Nihon), has announced that he plans to retire following the Mar. 3 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon. Following his retirement from competition he will continue on as a coach with NTT.
A native of Osaka, Osaki attended Yamanashi Gakuin University. He placed 6th at the 2007 World Championships and followed up with a 2:08:36 for 3rd overall and the top Japanese position at Lake Biwa in 2008 to make the Beijing team, but shortly before the Olympics he was forced to withdraw with hip problems.