Naoko Takahashi

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Naoko Takahashi
Takahashi Naoko Nagoya Womens Marathon 2008.jpg
Naoko Takahashi at the 2008 Nagoya Women's International Marathon
Medal record
Women’s Athletics
Representing  Japan
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Marathon

Naoko Takahashi (高橋 尚子, Takahashi Naoko, born May 6, 1972, in Gifu) is a Japanese long-distance runner competing mainly in the marathon.


She is widely known for her victory in the women's marathon at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, a performance that held the Olympic record until 2012 in London. At the 2001 Berlin Marathon, Takahashi became the first woman to break the 2 hour 20 minute barrier while setting a world record. In the women's marathon event (and not counting multiple records set by the same athlete), she still holds the 7th best time and the 3rd best Japanese marathon performance behind Yoko Shibui (2:19:41) and Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12). She is related to former Morning Musume leader Hitomi Yoshizawa. She announced her retirement in October 2008.[1]

Following her retirement the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon was launched in 2011 with the honorary title being the Naoko Takahashi Cup. She serves as the chairwoman for the race.[2]


Date Event Time Note
Jan. 1997 Osaka International Women's Marathon 2:31:32 7th place
Mar. 1998 Nagoya International Women's Marathon 2:25:48 1st place, Japanese record at the time
Dec. 1998 Bangkok Asian Games 2:21:47 gold medal, Japanese record at the time
Mar. 2000 Nagoya International Women's Marathon 2:22:19 1st place
Sep. 2000 Sydney Olympics 2:23:14 gold medal, Olympic record at the time
Feb. 2001 OHME Marathon (30 km) 1:41:57 Japanese record at the time
Sep. 2001 Berlin Marathon 2:19:46 1st place, World Record at the time
Sep. 2002 Berlin Marathon 2:21:49 1st
Nov. 2003 Tokyo International Women's Marathon 2:27:21 2nd
Nov. 2005 Tokyo International Women's Marathon 2:24:39 1st
Nov. 2006 Tokyo International Women's Marathon 2:31:22 3rd
Mar. 2008 Nagoya Marathon 2:44:18 27th


  1. ^ "Sydney marathon champion Takahashi to retire". Agence France-Presse. 2008-10-28. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  2. ^ Race Outline Archived 2013-04-29 at the Wayback Machine. Gifu Marathon. Retrieved on 2013-05-20.

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Preceded by
Kenya Tegla Loroupe
Women's Marathon World Record Holder
September 30, 2001 – October 7, 2001
Succeeded by
Kenya Catherine Ndereba