Retired Japanese table tennis star and Olympic medalist Ai Fukuhara announced Thursday that her divorce from her Taiwanese husband, Chiang Hung-chieh, has been finalized.

"As a result of discussions between the couple, the divorce was concluded upon mutual agreement," the 32-year-old Fukuhara, who represented Japan at four Olympics, said in a statement.

Ai Fukuhara (L) and Chiang Hung-chieh. (Kyodo)

"We will do our best to reduce the impact on the children as much as possible."

Fukuhara, known affectionately in Japan as "Ai-chan," and Chiang were married after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where she added a bronze team medal to her silver from the 2012 London Olympics. She gave birth to her daughter in 2017 and her son in 2019.

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