Thursday, April 5, 2012

2011 Hokkaido Marathon Winner Morimoto Retires

http://www.sanyo.oni.co.jp/feature/sports/other/2012/04/02/20120402195150.html

translated by Brett Larner

Team Tenmaya announced on Apr. 2 that its runner Tomo Morimoto, 28, the alternate for the 2008 Beijing Olympics women's marathon team, has retired from competition as of the end of March.  A native of Hyogo prefecture, Morimoto joined Tenmaya in 2002 after graduating from Shujitsu H.S.  Her abundance of stamina and mental fortitude giving her a competitive edge, Morimoto won the May, 2006 Vienna Marathon in 2:24:33 in only her second marathon.  She was the alternate for both the Beijing Olympics and Berlin World Championships marathon teams.  Her target for this year was the London Olympics, but a long-term leg problem prevented her from starting in any of the domestic selection races.  Despite an injury to her right ankle she won last August's Hokkaido Marathon, a race which was to be her final marathon.  Following her retirement she will work in the office of a Tenmaya subsidiary which owns a chain of sports clubs.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Brett can you announce more retirements? I think almost everyone retire because they can't make the olympics. Why everyone wants to make the olympics? It is impossible. Even Remi Nakazato who was 2nd didn't get selected.

Yuri Kano didn't make london so she's retiring?