Asian Marathon Championships

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The Asian Marathon Championships is a biennial international competition in marathon road running for Asian athletes. Organised by the Asian Athletics Association, its creation in 1988 followed decision to drop the 42.195-kilometre (26-mile and 385-yard) race from the programme of events at the Asian Athletics Championships.[1] In that competition, championship marathons were held for men in 1973 and 1975, then finally for both men and women at the 1985.[2]

The first discrete men's and women's Asian championship marathons in 1988 were held at different locations. The men's side was incorporated into that year's Lake Biwa Marathon while the women's side was held within the Nagoya Women's Marathon. The first winners (Masayuki Nishi and Xie Lihua) were not the fastest Asian runners in those races, as only those specifically chosen to represent their nation were eligible to win the Asian title.[3][4][5] The following edition in 1990 saw both sexes compete at the same location and again the races were hosted within a major annual marathon race, this time the Seoul International Marathon, where Korean racers Kim Won-Tak and Lee Mi-Ok claimed both the Asian and Seoul titles.[6]

The 1992 Asian Marathon Championships was held in Bandung, Indonesia, outside of a major race for the first time. This was reverted soon after in 1994, when the men's race was contained at the Beppu-Ōita Marathon and the women in Nagoya for a second time. Since then, each occurrence of the championship has been in one location for both sexes alongside a major city marathon. The Pattaya Marathon has hosted the event twice (2000 and 2011), while the Hong Kong Marathon has served as the venue three times (2002, 2008 and 2013).[3]

East Asian runners have been the most successful at the competition, with the Japanese topping the rankings with nine men's titles and four women's titles across the championship's history. China, South Korea and North Korea have each won four titles between the men's and women's races. North Korea's Kim Kum-Ok is the most successful runner in competition history – she is a three-time winner of the women's championship (2006, 2008 and 2013). Kenichi Kawakubo, Mohammed Abduh Bakhet and Zhang Shujing are the only other runners to have won the championship twice.[3]

Editions[edit]

Edition Year Race City Country Date Countries Athletes
1973 Asian Athletics Championships Marikina  Philippines 23 November
1975 Asian Athletics Championships Seoul  South Korea 14 June
1985 Asian Athletics Championships Jakarta  Indonesia 29 September
1 1988 Lake Biwa Marathon/
Nagoya Women's Marathon
Otsu/Nagoya  Japan 13 March/
6 March
2 1990 Seoul International Marathon Seoul  South Korea 18 March
3 1992 N/A Bandung  Indonesia 4 October
4 1994 Beppu-Ōita Marathon/
Nagoya Women's Marathon
Oita/Nagoya  Japan 6 February/
13 March
5 1996 Chuncheon Marathon Chuncheon  South Korea 27 October
6 1998 Ayutthaya Marathon Ayutthaya  Thailand 8 February
7 2000 Pattaya Marathon Pattaya  Thailand 2 July
8 2002 Hong Kong Marathon Hong Kong  Hong Kong 24 February
9 2004 JoongAng Seoul Marathon Seoul  South Korea 7 November
10 2006 Beijing Marathon Beijing  China 15 October
11 2008 Hong Kong Marathon Hong Kong  Hong Kong 17 February
12 2010 Pune Marathon Pune  India 5 December
13 2011 Pattaya Marathon Pattaya  Thailand 17 July
14 2013 Hong Kong Marathon Hong Kong  Hong Kong 24 February
15 2015 Hong Kong Marathon Hong Kong  Hong Kong 25 January
16 2017 Dongguan  China 26 November

Medallists[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1973  Cho Je-Hyung (KOR) 2:27:31  Park Chang-Yuel (KOR) 2:33:45  Jit Bahadur Chetri (NEP) 2:33:45
1975  Sueki Tanaka (JPN) 2:32:06  Susumu Sato (JPN) 2:37:51  Jit Bahadur Chetri (NEP) 2:39:06
1985  Ling Jong-Hyen (PRK) 2:20:29  Tomio Sueyoshi (JPN) 2:24:26  Choe Il-Sop (PRK) 2:24:52
1988  Masayuki Nishi (JPN) 2:15:32  Kim Chang-Keun (KOR) 2:26:56  Wu Zhihan (CHN) 2:29:39
1990  Kim Won-Tak (KOR) 2:11:38  Ryuji Kondo (JPN) 2:14:25  Seon Jin-Soo (KOR) 2:15:26
1992  Eduardus Nabunome (INA) 2:20:23  Ryoichi Enaidani (JPN) 2:21:17  Yoo Young-Hoon (KOR) 2:23:27
1994  Yukio Suzuki (JPN) 2:19:04  Eduardus Nabunome (INA) 2:21:09  Kazumi Sakamoto (JPN) 2:21:38
1996  Norihiro Otoshi (JPN) 2:14:02  Tatsuya Hoshi (JPN) 2:14:03  Baek Seung-Do (KOR) 2:14:05
1998  Kenichi Kawakubo (JPN) 2:20:03  Koji Koyanagi (JPN) 2:24:51  Vijay Singh (IND) 2:27:19
2000  Kenichi Kawakubo (JPN) 2:26:06  Sarath Prasanna Gamage (SRI) 2:28:25  Yukiyasu Ogura (JPN) 2:30:03
2002  Satoshi Osaki (JPN) 2:16:46  Kurao Umeki (JPN) 2:18:03  Maung Maung Nge (MYA) 2:23:15
2004  Kim Yi-Yong (KOR) 2:11:32  Masami Soeta (JPN) 2:14:34  Han Gang (CHN) 2:15:12
2006  Kenichi Kita (JPN) 2:15:37  Takhir Mamashayev (KAZ) 2:15:58  Yohei Sato (JPN) 2:16:39
2008  Koichiro Fukuoka (JPN) 2:16:50  Ser-Od Bat-Ochir (MGL) 2:20:18  Valery Pisarev (KGZ) 2:21:45
2010  Mohammed Abduh Bakhet (QAT) 2:17:34  Yusuke Kataoka (JPN) 2:20:28  Deep Chand (IND) 2:20:37
2011  Mohammed Abduh Bakhet (QAT) 2:21:06  Teruto Ozaki (JPN) 2:23:09  Kenji Takeuchi (JPN) 2:25:33
2013  Ser-Od Bat-Ochir (MGL) 2:17:56  Andrey Petrov (UZB) 2:20:24  Kenzo Kawabata (JPN) 2:22:22
2015  Shingo Igarshi (JPN) 2:14:29  Pak Chol (PRK) 2:16:09  Olonbayar Jamsran (MGL) 2:22:49

Women[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1985  Asha Agarwal (IND) 2:48:53  Yuko Gordon (HKG) 2:54:16  Sun-Bok Ki (PRK) 2:57:28
1988  Xie Lihua (CHN) 2:31:43  Yoshiko Hidaka (JPN) 2:40:29  Mar-Mar Min (MYA) 2:41:52
1990  Lee Mi-Ok (KOR) 2:37:15  Kim Yen-Ju (KOR) 2:37:26  Eri Nagamine (JPN) 2:49:53
1992  Sunita Godara (IND) 2:53:12  Yi-Lo Man (HKG) 2:55:58  Yoshiko Hirohama (JPN) 2:57:11
1994  Eriko Asai (JPN) 2:30:30  Akiyo Goto (JPN) 2:43:41  Winnie Lai-Chu Ng (HKG) 2:36:33
1996  Yukari Komatsu (JPN) 2:37:54  Toshiko Mori (JPN) 2:38:04  Bang Sun-Hee (KOR) 2:39:48
1998  Tian Mei (CHN) 2:46:47  Vally Sathyabhama (IND) 3:06:07  Indiresh Dhiraj (IND) 3:19:21
2000  Sunisa Sailomyen (THA) 2:58:14  Christabel Martes (PHI) 3:05:07  Winnie Lai-Chu Ng (HKG) 3:09:43
2002  Zhang Shujing (CHN) 2:36:27  Mio Kiuchi (JPN) 2:38:35  Hideko Yoshimura (JPN) 2:42:21
2004  Zhang Shujing (CHN) 2:36:22  Choi Kyung-Hee (KOR) 2:38:03  Bai Xue (CHN) 2:42:21
2006  Kim Kum-ok (PRK) 2:35:16  Zhang Shujing (CHN) 2:35:24  Hyong-Sun Oh (PRK) 2:36:48
2008  Kim Kum-ok (PRK) 2:36:43  Jong Yong-Ok (PRK) 2:36:43  Mika Hikchi (JPN) 2:36:50
2010  Hiromi Ominami (JPN) 2:44:19  Viktoriia Poliudina (KGZ) 2:48:46  Chi Ngan Chow (HKG) 3:01:22
2011  Noriko Higuchi (JPN) 2:44:10  Jiang Xiaoli (CHN) 2:52:24  Thi-Binh Pham (VIE) 2:53:09
2013  Kim Kum-ok (PRK) 2:32:21  Kumi Ogura (JPN) 2:35:02  Iuliia Andreeva (KGZ) 2:39:49
2015  Kim Hye Gyong (PRK) 2:31:46  Kim Mi Gyong (PRK) 2:36:08  Gulzhanat Zhanatbek (KAZ) 2:38:36

All time medal table (from 1988)[edit]

As 2015

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan 13 13 9 35
2  North Korea 4 3 1 8
3  China 4 2 3 9
4  South Korea 3 3 4 10
5  Qatar 2 0 0 2
6  India 1 1 3 5
7  Mongolia 1 1 1 3
8  Indonesia 1 1 0 2
9  Thailand 1 0 0 1
10  Hong Kong 0 1 3 4
11  Kyrgyzstan 0 1 2 3
12  Kazakhstan 0 1 1 2
13  Philippines 0 1 0 1
14  Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
15  Uzbekistan 0 1 0 1
16  Myanmar 0 0 2 2
17  Vietnam 0 0 1 1
Total 30 30 30 90

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asian Marathon Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2013-09-28.
  2. ^ Asian Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2013-09-28.
  3. ^ a b c Asian Championships Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians (2013-03-02). Retrieved on 2013-09-28.
  4. ^ Biwa-ko Mainichi Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2013-09-28.
  5. ^ Nagoya International Women's Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2013-09-28.
  6. ^ Seoul International Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2013-09-28.

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