translated by Brett Larner
On July 6 it was revealed that 2004 Athens Olympics women's marathon gold medalist and marathon national record holder Mizuki Noguchi, 38, has married an ordinary regular guy. The management of her former sponsor team Sysmex commented, "It is true that she has gotten married. However, as it is a private matter we cannot comment any further beyond that."
In addition to her Olympic gold medal, Noguchi also won the silver medal in the 2003 Paris World Championships marathon. At the 2005 Berlin Marathon she set the still-standing Japanese national record of 2:19:12. After sustaining an injury to her left thigh in training just before the 2008 Beijing Olympics Noguchi never again produced major results. Following her 23rd place finish at the Nagoya Women's Marathon in March this year she announced her retirement. According to a team spokesperson Noguchi plans to remain active at a range of events.