Mara Yamauchi announces retirement

Great Britain's Mara Yamauchi crosses the line to win the Bupa London 10,000 on May 27, 2012
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Great Britain's Mara Yamauchi decides to end her career as a marathon runner.

British marathon runner Mara Yamauchi has confirmed her retirement from the sport with immediate effect.

The 39-year-old has decided to call time on her career after she was forced to pull out of the London Olympics last summer with 10km of the race run because of a foot complaint.

"I have achieved my childhood dream of becoming an Olympian, and enjoyed many years training and competing as an elite athlete," she said.

"To be able to do what you love as your job is a rare and special privilege, and I am very grateful to all the people who have enabled me to do that.

"I have now decided that it's time to leave elite competition behind, and instead I will run for enjoyment and to stay healthy."

Yamauchi is the second-fastest female British marathon runner in history behind Paula Radcliffe.

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