translated by Brett Larner
On April 14 it was learned that Athens Olympics women's marathon gold medalist and national record holder Mizuki Noguchi (37, Team Sysmex) is retiring from competition. A press conference to formally announce her retirement will take place April 15 in Kobe. In March Noguchi ran the Nagoya Women's Marathon, saying, "This will be my last shot at the Olympics." She finished 23rd in 2:33:54.
Noguchi graduated from Uji Yamada H.S. in Mie. She ran her first marathon in 2002, winning the silver medal at the Paris World Championships a year later. In 2004 she won the gold medal at the Athens Olympics and in 2005 set the Japanese national record of 2:19:12 at the Berlin Marathon, a record that still has not been broken. She remains the Berlin course record holder.