Noguchi will compete

Noguchi to compete in London Marathon
By Reuters

19/12/2006 at 16:02Updated

Olympic women's marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi of Japan will compete in the London marathon on April 22 next year, organisers said on Tuesday.

Noguchi, 28, is the third fastest marathon runner ever after clocking two hours 19 minutes 12 seconds in last year's Berlin event.

"I have decided to go to London because I want the opportunity to test myself against the best athletes in the world," she said in a statement.