translated and edited by Brett Larner
On May 12, representatives of Shiseido announced that 2009 World Championships women's marathon 7th-placer Yuri Kano (35) will retire, leaving both the Shiseido team and company on May 31. Following her departure she plans to be involved in outreach activities. "I'd still like to be able to take part in marathons at my own pace," she said.
A native of Hyogo prefecture, Kano left the Second Wind AC team in 2011 to return to Shiseido, from which Second Wind had separated several years previously. After her return, however, she was hit with repeated injuries and setbacks. The May 11 Sendai International Half Marathon, where she finished 6th in 1:16:16, was her final race.