Nagoya Women's Marathon announced that invited athlete Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post), a member of Japan's marathon team for this summer's Tokyo Olympics, has withdrawn due to inflammation of a tendon in her left leg. Nagoya was to be Suzuki's first marathon since finishing 2nd at the September, 2019 Marathon Grand Championship Olympic trials race. Suzuki suffered injury last year as well but was able to run the 5th Stage at November's National Corporate Women's Ekiden, helping lead Japan Post to a second national title.
Translator's note: The other two members of the Tokyo Olympics women's marathon squad, trials winner Honami Maeda (Tenmaya) and women-only marathon NR holder Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) both ran Osaka in January. On the men's side trials winner Shogo Nakamura (Fujitsu) withdrew from last weekend's Lake Biwa Marathon with injury and 2nd placer Yuma Hattori (Toyota) withdrew from December's Fukuoka International Marathon, while third team member Suguru Osako (Nike) hasn't run a marathon since breaking the national record at last March's Tokyo Marathon.
translated by Brett Larner