Osaka International Ladies Marathon

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The Osaka International Women's Marathon (大阪国際女子マラソン, Ōsaka Kokusai Joshi Marason) is an annual marathon road race for women over the classic distance of 42.195 kilometres which is held on the 4th or 5th Sunday of January in the city of Osaka, Japan, and hosted by Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Kansai Telecasting Corporation, the Sankei Shimbun, Sankei Sports, Radio Osaka and Osaka City.

Osaka International Ladies Marathon
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The city course loops past Osaka Castle twice
Date4th or 5th Sunday of January
LocationOsaka, Japan
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorOkumura
Established1982
Course records2:21:18
Japan Mizuki Noguchi (2003)
Official siteOsaka Ladies Marathon
Participants423 (2020)
366 (2019)

The first edition took place on January 24, 1982, and was won by Italy's Rita Marchisio. The 1995 marathon was cancelled due to the Great Hanshin earthquake. The race takes place in the city and passes prominent landmarks such as Osaka Castle. The course was altered in 2011 to allow for faster times by cutting out a number of hilly sections near Osaka Castle.[1] The finish line of the race is at Nagai Stadium, which was the host venue for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.[2]

The Osaka Half Marathon, open regardless of gender, is held alongside the women's marathon.[3][4]

The Japanese rock group The Alfee has written many of the theme songs for the marathon.

WinnersEdit

 
Lidia Șimon is three-time winner (1998–2000)
 
Nagai Stadium, where the marathon race finishes.
 
Current and two-time winner Mizuki Matsuda (2018 & 2020)

Key:   Course record

Edition Date Winner Country Time (h:m:s)
1st January 24, 1982 Rita Marchisio   Italy 2:32:55
2nd January 30, 1983 Carey May   Ireland 2:29:23
3rd January 29, 1984 Katrin Dörre   East Germany 2:31:41
4th January 27, 1985 Carey May   Ireland 2:28:07
5th January 26, 1986 Lorraine Moller   New Zealand 2:30:24
6th January 25, 1987 Lorraine Moller   New Zealand 2:30:40
7th January 31, 1988 Lisa Ondieki   Australia 2:23:51
8th January 29, 1989 Lorraine Moller   New Zealand 2:30:21
9th January 28, 1990 Rosa Mota   Portugal 2:27:47
10th January 27, 1991 Katrin Dörre   Germany 2:27:43
11th January 26, 1992 Yumi Kokamo   Japan 2:26:26
12th January 31, 1993 Junko Asari   Japan 2:26:26
13th January 30, 1994 Tomoe Abe   Japan 2:26:09
14th January 29, 1995 Cancelled due to Great Hanshin earthquake
15th January 26, 1996 Katrin Dörre-Heinig   Germany 2:26:04
16th January 26, 1997 Katrin Dörre-Heinig   Germany 2:25:57
17th January 25, 1998 Lidia Șimon   Romania 2:28:31
18th January 31, 1999 Lidia Șimon   Romania 2:23:24
19th January 30, 2000 Lidia Șimon   Romania 2:22:54
20th January 28, 2001 Yoko Shibui   Japan 2:23:11
21st January 27, 2002 Lornah Kiplagat   Netherlands 2:23:55
22nd January 26, 2003 Mizuki Noguchi   Japan 2:21:18
23rd January 25, 2004 Naoko Sakamoto   Japan 2:25:29
24th January 30, 2005 Jeļena Prokopčuka   Latvia 2:22:56
25th January 29, 2006 Catherine Ndereba   Kenya 2:25:05
26th January 28, 2007 Yumiko Hara   Japan 2:23:48
27th January 27, 2008 Mara Yamauchi   United Kingdom 2:25:10
28th January 25, 2009 Yoko Shibui   Japan 2:23:42
29th January 31, 2010 Amane Gobena   Ethiopia 2:25:14
30th January 30, 2011 Yukiko Akaba   Japan 2:26:29
31st January 29, 2012 Risa Shigetomo   Japan 2:23:23
32nd January 27, 2013 Kayoko Fukushi*   Japan 2:24:21
33rd January 26, 2014 Yukiko Akaba*   Japan 2:26:00
34th January 25, 2015 Jeļena Prokopčuka*   Latvia 2:24:07
35th January 31, 2016 Kayoko Fukushi   Japan 2:22:17
36th January 29, 2017 Risa Shigetomo   Japan 2:24:22
37th January 28, 2018 Mizuki Matsuda   Japan 2:22:44
38th January 27, 2019 Fatuma Sado   Ethiopia 2:25:39
39th January 26, 2020 Mizuki Matsuda   Japan 2:21:47

* Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko was suspended by the Ukrainian Athletic Federation for four years from 30 September 2015 until 29 September 2019 due to doping rules violation. All her results from 26 August 2011 to 30 September 2015, including victories in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of the Osaka International Ladies Marathon, were annulled.[5]

ReferencesEdit

List of winners

External linksEdit