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.