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Yamauchi calls it a day

Double Olympian Mara Yamauchi has announced her retirement from elite competition.

The 39-year-old is the second fastest female British m...

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Yamauchi withdraws from marathon

Mara Yamauchi's Olympic marathon lasted less than 10 kilometres on the rainy streets of London as Ethiopian Tiki Gelana took a surprise gold.

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Yamauchi drops out of marathon

Great Britain's Mara Yamauchi dropped out of the Olympic marathon shortly before the 10 kilometres mark today.

The Oxford athlete, who ha...

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Farah: Indoor struggles behind me

Mo Farah insisted he was completely over his indoor-season wobble after a comfortable win in 28-degree heat in the Bupa London 10,000 on Sunday ...

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Mo seeking to defend 10k crown in London

Mo Farah will open his Olympic summer season at the Bupa London 10,000 a week on Sunday.

The world 5,000 metres champion will bid for his...

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Medal Record

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Beijing 2008
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Biography

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Mara made her international debut for Britain at the 1997 European CC Championships, but dropped out of athletics for a few years while she worked as a diplomat in Japan for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. She married Shige Yamauchi while in Japan, and returned to racing in England with great success in 2003. She worked part-time for the FCO in London but in 2006 returned to Japan with her husband and was granted special unpaid leave by her work to be a full-time athlete. She is now, behind Paula Radcliffe, Britain’s second fastest ever female at the marathon, and an impressive winner of the Osaka International Ladies marathon in 2008. Mara was named after the Mara river in Kenya – where she lived until the age of 8 – her parents lived there for 25 years.She was one of the first athletes selected for the Games, alongside Paula Radcliffe and Scott Overall, back in December 2011.