• Kyodo


Mizuki Noguchi’s chances of defending her Olympic marathon title are hanging in the balance after she hurt her left thigh muscle and groin during recent training, Japanese athletics officials said Sunday.

Keisuke Sawaki, senior managing director of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, said a decision will have to be made “within the next few days” on whether the 30-year-old will run in the women’s marathon race in Beijing on Aug. 17.

According to Sawaki and other officials, Noguchi is recovering from her injuries and has resumed workouts, including jogging, in Kyoto and is eager to run in the Olympic race.

“I will never give up until the last minute and I am willing to take part (in the Olympics),” Noguchi said in a comment issued through the JAAF.

Noguchi reportedly received an MRI on Saturday for the second time since coming back from training in St. Moritz on Monday ahead of her original schedule citing fatigue.

“Suddenly she complained of pain and we decided to come back to Japan to receive a test. We are planning to decide what to do after observing her condition over the next couple of days,” Hisakazu Hirose, a coach at Noguchi’s Sysmex athletics team, said.

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