translated by Brett Larner
Selected earlier in the week for the Moscow World Championships marathon team, national record holder Mizuki Noguchi (Team Sysmex) made a guest appearance at a cross-country race in Asogun, Kumamoto, on April 27. "I'm totally, totally happy," she delightedly told fans. "Since I am running, my goal is to medal. At absolute worst top eight."
In Noguchi's last appearance at the World Championships in 2003 she won silver. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics she was a DNS with a serious injury, meaning that her last time competing at the world level on the Japanese national team was her gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Now 34, the veteran Noguchi smiled as she said, "Having been all the way to the bottom it seems like a miracle to me that I'm back on my feet and headed to Worlds, but I know that it's something I was able to do myself, under my own power."