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2012 London Olympian and 10000 m national champion Mika Yoshikawa (28, Team Panasonic) will retire from competition to get married following her marathon debut at the Feb. 24 Tokyo Marathon according to a statement released by her team management on Feb. 20. In the statement Yoshikawa said, "With my marriage coming up I've decided to retire from my career as an athlete. Achieving my big dream of standing on the Olympic stage was the most, most important page in the story of my life." Her future plans, she said, are, "to start a family." Yoshikawa finished 16th in the London Olympics 10000 m and 13th in her 5000 m heat.