translated and edited by Brett Larner
World Championships women's marathon team member Mizuki Noguchi (Team Sysmex) arrived in Moscow on Aug. 6, her tanned face creasing in a smile as she said, "More than nervous I'm excited. It's been a long, long time since I got to compete at the World level and I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm looking forward to it."
Noguchi, the queen of the 2004 Athens Olympics marathon and the Japanese national record holder, trained at altitude in St. Moritz, Switzerland for the month of July. In Frankfurt, Germany for her final preparations, she had her hair cut short. "Now I'm psyched," she laughed.
The women's marathon takes place on the first day of the World Championships, Aug. 10. Noguchi's teammate, half-marathon national record holder Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) also arrived in Moscow from Frankfurt on a different flight from Noguchi.