translated by Brett Larner
2010 Guangzhou Asian Games men's marathon silver medalist Yukihiro Kitaoka (32, Team NTN) announced his retirement on Mar. 1 following the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon. In the future he will join NTN's coaching staff, helping to develop its next generation of athletes.
At Lake Biwa Kitaoka finished 74th in 2:27:03. "I wanted to run one more good race, but things didn't go very well this last year," he said. "The decision to retire leaves me feeling free and clear."