Skip to main content

2015 Gold Coast Marathon Winner Risa Takenaka Announces Retirement

The Shiseido women's corporate team announced on Feb. 18 that 2015 Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner Risa Takenaka, 27, is retiring from competition. Her last race will be January's National Women's Ekiden.

Through a company spokesperson Takenaka explained her reasons for retiring, saying, "I have had a series of injuries that have kept me from training at the level that I want to."

Translator's note: A former star runner at #1 women's university ekiden power Ritsumeikan University, Takenaka has run well as a pro, finishing in the top 3 in every race she has run in the last year and a half except one, and in the top 5 in all but three races in the last 3 years. She ran particularly well on the opening stage of last month's National Women's Ekiden. In the spring she married Takuya Noguchi of the Konica Minolta men's corporate team, returning to the Gold Coast in July to finish 3rd in 2:28:32 as Noguchi won the men's race in 2:08:59.

source article: 
https://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/201712180000608.html
translated and edited by Brett Larner
photo © 2015 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Today's Race - Samuel Wanjiru Rocks the 2004 National High School Ekiden

Future Beijing Olympics marathon gold medalist Samuel Wanjiru runs a still-standing Third Stage course record to lead Sendai Ikuei H.S. to the National High School Boys Ekiden Championships title. The team's winning time, a course record at the time, is still the second-fastest ever.

Today's Race - 2017 National High School Girls Ekiden

Sendai Ikuei H.S. and Nagano Higashi H.S. go after defending champ Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S. at the 2017 National High School Girls Ekiden Championships.

Yamanashi Gakuin University Resumes Team Training, Limiting Group Size

Aiming to make a return to the Hakone Ekiden after missing out on qualifying for this year's race, on May 20 Yamanashi Gakuin University resumed team track training for the first time in a month and a half. Team practice has been suspended since Apr. 6 due to the coronavirus crisis, and since then it has been up to members to run and do strength training on their own.

Thirty athletes, about a third of the team roster, attended the May 20 session at Kawata Sports Park Field in Kofu. Another group trained separately at Midorigaoka Sports Park Field elsewhere in the city. To avoid too many people coming too close together, athletes started and ran at fixed time intervals between each other. Stretching was also done at staggered intervals, and strength training equipment was disinfected between each use.

May's Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships have been canceled, but, said ekiden team head coach Masaaki Iijima, "I want us to prepare so that we're read…