translated by Brett Larner
On May 23 International Pacific University in Okayama announced that it has hired 2000 Sydney Olympics marathon 7th-place finisher Eri Yamaguchi, 41, as an assistant coach of its track and field team. Yamaguchi will be responsible for the women's middle and long distance programs.
Yamaguchi was named to the Sydney Olympics team after winning the 1999 Tokyo International Women's Marathon in 2:22:12, then the 2nd-fastest time in Japanese women's marathoning history. Since retiring in 2005 her activities have included coaching work with her former corporate team, Tenmaya.