(AFP) – Oct 27, 2008
TOKYO (AFP) — Sydney Olympic marathon champion Naoko Takahashi, whose dreams of further glory were dashed when she failed to qualify for the Athens and Beijing Games, is to retire, her office said Tuesday.
Takahashi will hold a press conference and announce her retirement at a Tokyo hotel later in the day, her management office said.
Takahashi, 36, brought Japan's first Olympic gold medal for a women's marathon when she triumphed at the Sydney Games in 2000.
She also set a women's record at the time when she ran the Berlin marathon in 2001 in 2:19.45.
But a series of injuries has stalked the athlete. She had surgery on her right knee in August last year.
After failing to make it to the Athens Games, Takahashi put her full energy into qualifying for Beijing, undergoing years of high-altitude training in Boulder, Colorado in the US Rocky Mountains.
But her dream ended when she came in 27th at 2:44.18 in a preliminary race to determine berths for this year's Beijing Games.
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