translated by Brett Larner
The organizers of the Mar. 12 Nagoya Women's Marathon, a selection race for this summer's London World Championships women's marathon team, announced on Mar. 4 that last year's 3rd-placer Rei Ohara (Team Tenmaya), 2013 World Championships marathon silver medalist Valeria Straneo (Italy) and 2016 National Corporate Half Marathon champion Miho Shimizu (Team Hokuren) have all withdrawn from the race. Ohara has suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal of her left foot, with Straneo and Shimizu out with unspecified injuries.