Tosa To Scrap Tokyo Marathon

Reiko TosaReiko Tosa has scrapped her planned return to international competition at the Tokyo Marathon later this month due to a sore right groin, her team said Wednesday.

Tosa, who took the bronze medal at the 2009 Tokyo Marathon before heading into retirement to start a family, has been unable to train properly since taking part as a guest runner in last month’s Osaka half marathon.

The 34-year-old, who gave birth to a daughter last April, will put back her full marathon comeback until the autumn or later but is still aiming to compete at next year’s London Olympics.

Tosa won the silver medal at the 2001 athletics world championships and bronze in 2007.

In the absence of Athens Olympic gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi, Japan pinned its hopes on Tosa extending at the 2008 Beijing Games the country’s proud record of medaling in every Olympic marathon since 1992, but she struggled early on and retired from the race.

via JapanToday