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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.

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Betsudai - the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
daigaku - university
ekiden - a long-distance relay race
faito - a courseside audience cheer; see ganbatte
ganbatte (ganbare) - a courseside audience cheer; see faito
gasshuku - an intensive training camp
Hakone Ekiden - the annual university men`s championships
jitsugyodan - corporate-sponsored professional running teams
onsen - a hot spring
Q-chan - Naoko Takahashi, the 2000 Sydney Olympics women`s marathon gold medalist, Olympic record holder and first woman to break 2:20 in the marathon
rikujo - track and field, the marathon, and other running events
Rikuren - the JAAF
tasuki - the sash which is handed off during an ekiden
zannen - too bad
otaku - a nerdy, socially awkward person, usually male, who is obsessed with some esoteric topic

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