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2013 Tokyo Marathon

The 2013 Tokyo Marathon (Japanese: 東京マラソン 2013) was the seventh edition of the annual marathon race in Tokyo, Japan and was held on Sunday, 24 February. An IAAF Gold Label Road Race, it was the first World Marathon Majors event to be held that year and represented the first occasion that the Tokyo race was part of the elite-level marathon series.[1]

7th Tokyo Marathon
2013 Tokyo Marathon - fun runners.jpg
Costumed fun runners at the 2013 race
VenueTokyo, Japan
Dates24 February
Medalists
gold medal 
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The 2013 Tokyo Marathon featured marathon races for runners and wheelchair racers. A 10-kilometre race was also held for the disabled and runners under eighteen years.[2]

Dennis Kimetto won the men's race in a course record time of 2:06:50 hours. The women's winner, Aberu Kebede, had a time of 2:25:34 hours, which was six seconds off the women's course best.[1] The mass races set a new participation record with a total of 28,721 runners entering the race over 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards), and 36,676 people taking part in the day's races as a whole.[3]

Pre-race build upEdit

A day prior to the race, the International Friendship Run was held with a distance of roughly 4 km. The non-competitive race between athletes, organisers and registered marathon entrants began with warm-up radio exercises and took place in Shiokaze Park and Odaiba Seaside Park.[4] The 2013 Tokyo Marathon EXPO was also hosted that day.[5] Organisational changes improved the charity fun running aspect of the race: 3000 entries were reserved for charity runners, tax relief was given to charitable donations, and role of sponsors and corporations in raising funds was expanded. An estimated 1.7 million people were spectators to the city race.[6]

Building on the race's inclusion with the World Marathon Majors circuit, race director Tadaaki Hayano invited numerous elite international marathon runners with fast personal bests. In the men's race Dennis Kimetto, James Kwambai, Dino Sefir, and Jonathan Maiyo all entered the race with personal bests below two hours and five minutes – a first for a Japanese race.[7][6] Irina Mikitenko was the fastest entrant among the elite women, following by Bezunesh Bekele, Aberu Kebede and Caroline Kilel.[7]

The men's race was also of domestic interest because it doubled as the trials for the Japanese men's marathon team at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics. Arata Fujiwara, Kazuhiro Maeda, Yoshinori Oda and Takayuki Matsumiya were the foremost Japanese men, all having bests below two hours and ten minutes. Yoshimi Ozaki and Azusa Nojiri were the most prominent female domestic entrants.[7]

ResultsEdit

MenEdit

Position Athlete Nationality Time
  Dennis Kimetto   Kenya 2:06:50 CR
  Michael Kipyego   Kenya 2:06:58
  Bernard Kipyego   Kenya 2:07:53
4 Kazuhiro Maeda   Japan 2:07:59
5 James Kwambai   Kenya 2:08:02
6 Gilbert Kirwa   Kenya 2:08:17
7 Feyisa Bekele   Ethiopia 2:09:05
8 Dino Sefir   Ethiopia 2:09:13
9 Takayuki Matsumiya   Japan 2:09:14
10 Jonathan Maiyo   Kenya 2:10:18

WomenEdit

Position Athlete Nationality Time
  Aberu Kebede   Ethiopia 2:25:34
  Yeshi Esayias   Ethiopia 2:26:01
  Irina Mikitenko   Germany 2:26:41
4 Albina Mayorova   Russia 2:26:51
5 Yoshimi Ozaki   Japan 2:28:30
6 Helalia Johannes   Namibia 2:29:20
7 Mika Yoshikawa   Japan 2:30:20
8 Nastassia Staravoitava   Bulgaria 2:30:45
9 Azusa Nojiri   Japan 2:31:15
10 Hiroko Yoshitomi   Japan 2:31:28

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Nakamura, Ken (2013-02-24). Kimetto clocks course record 2:06:50 at Tokyo Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-09.
  2. ^ Race Information Archived 4 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Tokyo Marathon. Retrieved on 2013-03-09.
  3. ^ Participation data[permanent dead link] (in Japanese). Tokyo Marathon. Retrieved on 2013-03-09.
  4. ^ International Friendship Run Archived 18 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Tokyo Marathon. Retrieved on 2013-03-09.
  5. ^ Expo 2013 Archived 4 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Tokyo Marathon. Retrieved on 2013-03-09.
  6. ^ a b 2013 LOC Press Conference[permanent dead link]. Tokyo Marathon. Retrieved on 2013-03-09.
  7. ^ a b c Nakamura, Ken (2013-01-24). Best field ever assembled for Tokyo Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-09.
Race results

External linksEdit